More plastic water bottles being sold in the UK than ever before

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There are more plastic water bottles being sold in the UK than ever – and robust development is expected for brands utilizing elective materials in spite of widespread campaigns to diminish single-use items.

Specialists state biodegradable and compostable plastics – which are often charged as more environmentally friendly – could make pollution “even worse”.

A greater amount of us are carrying reusable bottles to diminish our reliance on single-utilize plastic – yet thirst for plastic bottles gives no indication of slowing.

In 2018, UK use of plastic water bottles expanded by more than 7 percent, as per market research organization Zenith. The industry is worth £3.3bn.

“Everything I’ve heard suggests that the market will continue to grow,” said Libby Peake, a senior policy adviser at independent think tank Green Alliance.

Her research demonstrates that a move to aluminum cans, glass bottles, cartons or even compostable plastics is just making new environmental issues, without really diminishing the overall consumption of plastic water bottles.

The term “compostable” or “biodegradable” recommends the plastic corrupts into nothing. In any case, specialists have discovered that biodegradable plastic bags can still be in tact after three years at sea.

Significantly, neither of these terms imply that the material can separate in the natural environment.

Ms. Peake stated: “I think there’s a lot of confusion across the board and also about the different terminology. Some companies are saying ‘these are biodegradable’ and the term doesn’t have a standard attached to it – it doesn’t have a time span or condition attached to it.

“I heard a woman talking about biodegradable cups and I heard her say, ‘They’re a bit more expensive but they’re great because you can just chuck them on the ground when you’re done’.

“I do think that’s a common misconception and people hear the term biodegradable and they do do that. That will make pollution even worse.”

As indicated by an investigation by Greenpeace published earlier this month, organizations putting resources into developing “recycling” technologies are offering “false hope”. Their report found that on the grounds that a product is compostable, biodegradable or produced using plants, that doesn’t mean it is good for the environment.

Ms. Peake stated: “The rolling-out of compostable plastic is absolutely going too fast at the moment and there is a disconnect in how different government departments are tackling this. Really what you’d want to see is an assurance that you’re only putting them on the market in places where they make sense.”

Specialists say tap water in refillable containers is by far the most sustainable option. Greenpeace likewise found that organizations will just lessen their environmental footprint by urging individuals to reuse materials.

“We’re looking at how you can tackle plastics in a way that isn’t just banning cotton buds or seeing a rise in these other types of materials,” said Ms. Peake.

The amount of bottled water sold in the UK has doubled in the previous 15 years and keeps on ascending, with the average grown-up experiencing 150 plastic water bottles a year.

It is estimated that by 2050 there will be 12 billion tons of plastic polluting the natural environment.

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