Raising Awareness about Plastic Pollution and Using Reusable Water Bottles in Manchester

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It is estimated that an average of 35.8 million plastic bottles are used EVERY DAY in the UK, but only 19.8 million are recycled each day. More than 480 billion plastic bottles were sold in 2016 worldwide, up from around 300 billion a decade ago. If placed end to end, they would extend more than halfway to the sun.

Single use plastics, such as plastic bags and plastics bottles, account for almost half of plastic waste.

Plastic pollution is showing no signs of slowing down and is detrimental to our planet. It affects everything from our environment to marine life. By 2050, the amount of plastic in the oceans could weigh more than the entire fish population. Between 5 million to 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into the world’s oceans each year and is ingested by sea birds, fish and other organisms. 

The aim of this campaign is to raise awareness about the plastic addiction our planet has, specifically in Greater Manchester. This could include teaching children about the facts of plastic pollution in schools and encouraging them to recycle, posting leaflets through doors and possibly advertisements around Manchester to highlight this problem. Instead of repurchasing bottles of water, we should encourage the people of Manchester to drink tap water from a reusable bottle. Not only is it free and accessible, but it could also slow this plastic pollution problem down.

Sources: http://news.sky.com/feature/sky-ocean-rescue-10734494 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/28/a-million-a-minute-worlds-plastic-bottle-binge-as-dangerous-as-climate-change 

 

 



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