A message in a bottle... of a different kind!

A message in a bottle... of a different kind!
  • A message in a bottle... of a different kind!

    Did you know that...

    • Each year, 250 billion disposable plastic bottles are consumed globally. Of these, only 24% is recycled.
    • In Greece, we consume 400 million plastic bottles of bottled water annually.
    • 8,000 plastic water bottles are thrown away in the garbage every second.
    • 151 billion barrels of petroleum and 22.5 million tons of CO2 are required for the manufacture of plastic bottles every year.
    • 200 billion dollars are spent annually all over the world for the purchase of plastic water bottles.
    • Plastic objects that are thrown at sea, are disintegrating into very small particles, so that the particles of a one-litre plastic bottle can “travel” around all of the world’s beaches.
    • Plastic bottles are ranked 4th in the category of the largest quantities of waste matter found in Greek beaches for the time-span between 2004 and 2014 (63,210 pcs).
    • 1,000,000 seafowl and 100,000 sea mammals die every year from plastic waste, while plastic and fibres found in the intestines of fish are likely to be consumed by man when eating them.

    A message in a bottle... of a different kind!

    10 largest quantities of waste in the sea (Greece, 2004 - 2014)

    (pcs)

    1. Cigarette butts

    565,438

    2. Bottle caps/lids

    83,539

    3. Straws

    68,689

    4. Plastic bottles

    63,210

    5. Aluminum soft-drink cans

    37,916

    6. Plastic bags

    33,490

    7. Food packaging

    19,851

    8. Plastic packaging lids

    11,161

    9. Plastic covers/packages

    11,159

    10. Plates/cups/cutlery

    9,849


     

    • Disposable plastic bottle consumption is very wide-spread in our country, as is the environmental imprint that they leave when we are done using them. A quantity of these ends up in landfills and some end up polluting the environment and, principally, the sea and only a small quantity is recycled.
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      • We reduce consumption of disposable plastic bottles and replace plastic bottles of mineral water with canteens of filtered faucet water
      • We recycle the bottles that we can't avoid buying.
      • We participate in the voluntary cleaning of beaches (for information, visit www.helmepa.gr)

    Also, read: Rainbow Waters® reuses and recycles its watercooler water bottles

    Sources:  www.anakyklosi.com.grwww.helmepa.gr | Photo credits: www.momscleanairforce.orgwww.savethewater.org