The Environment

This One Shockingly Simple Step Could Eliminate Plastic From Our Oceans Forever

It's the world's biggest con - and we all buy into it....

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New year’s resolutions are often made at 1am after a few pints of beer and tend to revolve around never drinking booze again, buying a gym membership and avoiding cheesy chips at all costs.

This year I decided to give up plastic water bottles. Why? Plastic bottles form the majority of litter on our beaches and in our oceans – and when you think about it, they are totally pointless.

Plastic water bottles are flown thousands of miles across the world to countries which have perfectly safe drinkable tap water. Shops charge you for something which you can get for free at home.

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I’ve found giving up plastic water bottles really easy. I just carry my Klean Kanteen water bottle around with me and avoid buying drinks in plastic bottles when I’m out and about.

The hardest part? Travelling. Airports are the worst. Most don’t have water fountains available after security to allow you to refill your bottle, forcing you to buy an expensive bottle of water or make yourself really thirsty on board your flight.

Need more convincing that giving up plastic water bottles is a good thing? Read on…

1) The UK consumes 3 billion litres of bottled water each year

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2) Only 23 per cent of water bottles bought in the UK are actually recycled…

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3) It takes from 450 to 1000 years for plastic break down and decompose entirely

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4) Most of these bottles break down into microplastics…


5) Which are swallowed by fish and other marine life…

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6) And eventually end up on your dinner plate. Yuck.


7) By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish

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8) The majority of plastic on our beaches are plastic water bottles (160 per mile in the UK)

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9) Each time you buy a plastic water bottle, you pay up to £2.50 for something, which is free in every home…

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10) It’s a total waste of money

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11) It’s estimated 25 per cent of bottled water is just tap water re-bottled…

12) Making plastic water bottles requires millions of barrels of oil per year

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13) And the transporting those bottles releases thousands of tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere

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14) So why not make it your resolution to quit using plastic bottles and buy one of these instead…

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15) These guys will thank you in the long run

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16) Still not convinced? Watch this…

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