Plastic fantastic........Or not!
When we set up Cupple and were working hard to properly understand the impact of single use plastics on our environment, some key facts that stuck in our mind from our research, and remain with us, driving us to help make a change :
- The use of plastics, particularly single use, increased rapidly in the 1950s. Half of all plastics have been made in the last 15 years
- Single use plastics account for 40% of the 400 million tonnes of plastics produced every year
- Most of the plastic that has been produced STILL EXISTS and will be somewhere in our environment for hundreds of years
- Each year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste escapes into the oceans from coastal nations
- Two of the top ten most commonly discarded single use items in the UK are water bottles and take away coffee cups
- In the UK, 7.7 billion plastic water bottles and 2.5 billion take away coffee cups are used each year. Less than 1% of coffee cups are recycled.