Urge Pepsi/Coke to start recycle program for plastic bottles

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Depending on how thirsty you are, it might take you less than five minutes to swig back the contents of a plastic bottle. But it takes the ocean 450 years to break down the plastic.

This is the estimate from the US’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Woods Hole Sea Grant, which compiled data showing the length of time for man-made marine debris to biodegrade in the sea.

Cold beverages sold in plastic bottles such as Coke, Pepsi, ThumbsUp etc. are one of the biggest contributors to this plastic waste and we contribute substantially by buying these plastic bottles on a daily basis.

There is an immediate need to start recycling programs by these companies, start programs that incentivise consumers to reuse/recycle these plastic bottles and also find alternative packaging solutions for these cold beverages as well as for drinking water sold.

Fishing line is the worst offender, taking up to 600 years to biodegrade, while disposable diapers will take as long as plastic bottles – 450 years – to break down.

Other wastes such as bags will take up to 20 years to break down, while styrofoam takeaway coffee cups take 50 years, and cigarette butts take 10.

Research by World Economic Forum