We can no longer ignore the plastic pollution that is currently ravaging the world that we live in, and it’s time that we all began to play our part in clearing up the mess.
In the UK we’ve become accustomed to a throw-away lifestyle where we take no consideration for where our rubbish ends up or how long it will take to decompose.
Plastic bottles are one of the biggest examples of this, with 38.5 million bottles used every day but just over half making it to recycling, and more than 16 million dumped into landfill or leaked into the oceans.
During the period of 2016-2017, 14.3 million litres of milk were produced in the UK, with 80% of this being bottled in plastic containers. On average we consume 144 pints of milk every year, which is almost a staggering 3 pints per week. Equate this to a milk container, and you’re going through almost two, 2 pint plastic bottles every week.
This may not seem like much, but combine this consumption across the UK and you’ve got just one family of four throwing away 288 plastic bottles every year, and that’s just from milk.
According to research, it is estimated that by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish, and a recent study by Plymouth University found that one-third of all fish currently caught in the UK contain tiny pieces of plastic due to plastic contaminating much of their food.
Data from the Environmental Waste department has found that the average person in the UK throws away their own body weight in rubbish every seven weeks. That’s an astonishing amount that just sits in the ground.
As Theresa May announced in the Government’s 25-year Environmental policy, there are big plans to scrap all avoidable plastic waste by 2041, with an extra tax to be implemented on one-use plastic items. So there is no avoiding the fact that our plastic habits have to change.
The time to take action is now, and while many lifestyle changes may cause a big impact to the way we live our life, there are also some small conscious changes that can be started today, such as swapping your usual plastic milk bottles for glass.
How Milk Bottles Are Making a Difference
In 1975, 94% of milk was put into glass bottles and a milk delivery was a common sight. But as the introduction of supermarket convenience surged and drove many milkmen out of business, milk in glass bottles dropped to just under 3% by 2016.
However, the rise of the milk bottle is back according to Dairy UK, who have found that doorstep deliveries of glass bottles are now around one million per day.
This rise has claimed to be the beginning of people wanting to ditch their plastic lifestyle for a more eco-conscious way of living.
Glass is not only natural, sustainable and recyclable, but according to Environmental Waste data, glass milk bottles have the capacity to be used up to 25 times.
Compare this to the alternative of plastic, and you have a man-made product which takes up to 500 years to decompose and has very limited uses due to its reactive chemical make-up.
According to Dairy UK, at present glass bottles only make up 2.6% of liquid milk sales in the UK. A fraction of the 5.5 billion litres of milk that is produced annually, so it is fair to say that there still needs to be a dramatic shift in our attitude towards one-use plastics.
It may only be a very small change, but by choosing glass over plastic you can dramatically limit your consumption of plastic, and take a step towards improving the environment and reducing your plastic footprint.
What You Can Do
By simply switching your weekly milk purchase from the supermarket to glass bottle delivery, you can help to cut back on the number of plastic milk containers your household consumes.
This small change can make a dramatic impact not only in reducing your plastic footprint but also by helping you in reducing your carbon footprint, as you’ll be purchasing local produce from local suppliers.
Order your milkround today from Plumbs’ and feel content in knowing you’re doing your part for plastic pollution and supporting the local community.