World Refill Day 2022
If the container could last longer so does our world.
“Around the world, one million plastic bottles are purchased every minute, while up to five TRILLION plastic bags are used worldwide every year. In total, half of all plastic produced is designed for single-use purposes – used just once and then thrown away.” - UNEP
Life without plastic seems to be unrecognisable today, although it has just been about over a century since plastics from fossil fuels are made. Plastics have improved medicine with life-saving technologies, enabled space travel, lightened vehicles and aircraft, saved lives with helmets, incubators, and equipment for clean drinking water.
However, the convenience of plastic has led to a “Throwaway” culture. Single-use plastics now account for 40% of all plastic manufactured annually. Many of these items, such as plastic bags and food wrappers, have a short life purpose, yet can last hundreds of years in the environment.
So far, less than 10% of the seven billion tonnes of plastic waste created worldwide has been recycled. Millions of tonnes of plastic waste are lost to the environment or transported thousands of kilometres to be burned or dumped.
The most common source of plastic waste discovered in the environment is cigarette butts, which have filters that contain small plastic fibres. Then it’s the food wrappers, plastic bottles, plastic bottle caps, plastic grocery bags, plastic straws, and stirrers. Many of us use these things on a daily basis without considering where they might end up.
Each year, we generate over 400 million tonnes of plastic waste.
World Refill Day
World Refill Day is a global campaign to prevent plastic pollution and help people live less waste. Most stuff that has been thrown away can be reused or replaced with refillable products.
Our throwaway culture is destroying the environment, and we need to stop using single-use plastic. We consume millions of tonnes of plastic every year and are clearly in a plastic crisis. Plastic not only pollutes our planet, has an impact on communities all over the world, and contributes to the climate catastrophe, but it also enters our bodies through the air we breathe and the food we eat.
We have the ability to produce a wave of change as a global movement. We could save millions of pieces of plastic by choosing to reuse, and we're sending a message to the rest of the world that there are solutions to plastic pollution and the climate crisis – and that by working together, we can keep our environment, oceans, cities, and communities plastic-free in the future.
How to use less plastic
Choose to reuse
You can start from your daily routine product… such as a toothbrush, from single-use plastic to Tooth. lifelong 100% recycled aluminium
Do a plastic audit
Keeping track of your plastic consumption with Everyday Plastic
Check out plastic-free living tips from City to Sea
They have plenty of money-saving tips, tricks, and life–hacks to help you take simple steps to reduce the amount of plastic in your life!
If the container could last longer so does our world
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