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Earth Day 2024 and How Aquatiere and You can Help

Plastic Pollution is a Pressing Global Issue with Far-Reaching Consequences.

Here are Some Key Statistics:

Global plastic waste generation:

  • We produce a staggering amount of plastic waste every year, with estimates ranging from 350 million to 460 million metric tons.
  • Global plastics production has doubled since the beginning of the century, reaching almost 400 million metric tons per year in 2021 and will double again by 2050!
  • Plastic consumption has quadrupled over the past 30 years, driven by growth in emerging markets.
  • Plastics account for 3.4% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Half of all plastics ever manufactured have been made in the last 15 years.

Plastic entering the oceans:

  • While only a small percentage (around 0.5%) of plastic waste ends up in the ocean, that still translates to millions of tons annually, ranging from 1 million to 12 million tons.
  • An estimated 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles and 1 million seabirds die from plastic pollution every year.
  • It takes hundreds of years to break down into less harmful materials.

Microplastics:

  • Even smaller plastic fragments, called microplastics, are now widespread in the environment, contaminating our food and water.

The plastic waste problem requires immediate attention and coordinated measures to reduce consumption, enhance waste management, and safeguard the environment. 🌍🌱 – Graham Brebner, Founder, Aquatiere.

Be Part of the Change

Bottled Water and Plastic Waste

Bottled Water Consumption:

While exact figures can vary, bottled water sales in the UK alone are massive!

  • Total Bottles Bought = 68,000,000 people * 49.7 bottles/person
  • Total Bottles Bought = 3,376,600,000 bottles

Image showing very surprised person because there is so much plastic pollution

Plastic Waste Contribution:

This high consumption translates to significant plastic waste. Only a small percentage of these bottles get recycled, meaning a large portion ends up in landfills or littering the environment.

Here’s where home water filters come in. By switching to a reusable water bottle and filtering your tap water at home, you can significantly reduce your reliance on single-use plastic bottles.

Benefits of Home Water Filters:

Reduced plastic footprint: This is the most significant benefit. By filtering your tap water, you eliminate the need to constantly buy new plastic bottles.
Cost-effective: Over time, buying a filter and refilling a reusable bottle is much cheaper than continually purchasing bottled water.
Improved taste: Some home filters can improve the taste and odor of your tap water, making it more enjoyable to drink.

Types of Home Water Filters:

There are various home water filter options to suit your needs and budget, including:

“By making the switch to a home water filter and reusable bottle, you can play a part in reducing plastic pollution and contribute to a more sustainable future,” concludes Graham Brebner.

Get Involved:

Visit Earth Day Website to see how!