Averaging at 66 items per household per week, the UK is estimated to dispose of a shocking 100 billion pieces of plastic annually. In 2021 alone, the UK produced 2.5 million metric tons of plastic waste, contributing further to the global waste crisis.
Did you know that, on average, more than 264 million plastic toothbrushes are discarded each year? It can take up to 400 years for each toothbrush to decompose, which means that landfills continue to grow even larger, and the air we breathe becomes even more polluted with harmful gases. In the time it takes for a single toothbrush to decompose, more than 500 billion others will have been produced to take its place.
Approximately three billion nappies are disposed of annually in the UK, constituting 2-3% of all household waste, according to the recycling charity WRAP. The majority of these nappies are not recyclable and must be disposed of as ordinary waste. The deterioration of nappies in landfills is a prolonged process, lasting up to 500 years or even longer. Given that no one has lived long enough to witness this, there remains a significant amount of uncertainty surrounding this topic.
As a community, we must take responsibility for our planet’s future and work towards leaving it in better shape than we found it. Making a positive impact on the environment is possible with small changes in our daily routine. For instance, turning off lights, conserving water while brushing your teeth, avoiding unnecessary driving, recycling, and minimizing one-use plastics are great ways to help reduce global warming.
We can also promote the using and purchasing of sustainable products. Sustainable products and foods have a less negative impact on the environment because of the use of fewer chemical pesticides, less consumption of fossil fuels, and more raw materials. The typical industry also leaves behind a substantial environmental footprint: from the landfill impact to water consumption.
Selecting eco-friendly products and services can reduce your ecological footprint and prevent negative environmental impacts. Bamboo products are a fantastic alternative to traditional materials because bamboo grows without the need for chemicals and minimal water, making it an environmental wonder-plant. Additionally, bamboo has the capacity to absorb more carbon dioxide than cotton or timber, while simultaneously releasing more oxygen into the air, thus improving air quality.
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