Anyone who watched the BBC’s recent nature documentary series Blue Planet II will know about the masses plastic waste dumped into our oceans every day, and anyone who hasn’t seen it should go home right now and get on iPlayer (we promise it’s not all doom and gloom!).
If you missed Blue Planet this issue may or may not be news to you, but here are some scary facts and figures for you just in case:
- In the UK, we use 38.5 million disposable plastic bottles every day.
- Globally, 20,000 bottles are bought every second.
- While these are almost all very easy to recycle, about half of them end up in landfill, incinerators or the ocean.
- After China introduced stricter regulations on the import of plastic for recycling this year, the amount of these bottles ending up in landfill could very possibly increase.
- By 2050, it’s estimated that the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish.
- Pieces of plastic are estimated to be present in a third of all fish caught in the UK.
You get the picture. Nobody wants to think of themselves as part of a problem like this, and we all want to play out part to help out the fish and birds and whales, right? But sometimes it can be hard to figure out where to start with new environmental causes coming out in the news almost every day.
Well, we’ve got you covered. Make 2018 the year you ditch disposable drinks bottles altogether and drop by the Sustainability Team stalls at the Re-Freshers Fairs. We’ll be there all day and we’ve got some free University of Westminster water bottles so put that disposable bottle back in the corner shop drinks fridge, come say hi and you might even learn a thing or two about sustainability at the university and beyond while you’re at it.
You can find us at:
Marylebone, Tuesday 23th January, 10am-4pm
Harrow, Thursday 25th January, 10am-4pm
Looking forward to seeing you there!
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