21 reasons why plastic bottles ruin everything: recycling won\'t fix it, zero waste will.

by:HongXing     2020-05-31
Drinking plastic bottles has become a daily lifestyle, and many people don\'t even think about what they are made of, or where they really go after we have processed them.
The average weight of each American is 21 pounds (9. 5kg)
Pet (PET)
Plastic bottles per year
200 to 500 bottles per person. [1]
This is quite a lot of plastic waste for a drink.
We are often reminded to recycle and often hear how much waste plastic is floating in the ocean.
But these bottles are all made after they are made.
Before we get rid of these plastics, what impact will it have on the environment to make them?
Einstein once said: \"Intellectuals solve problems and stop them genius.
\"So, let\'s track the life of disposable plastic bottles and see why we want to prevent disposable plastic (
Not used at first)
Is the real key to fighting pollution.
The key ingredient used to make plastic bottles is to make a quart of crude oil (liter)
2 plastic bottles are needed. 6 oz. (100ml)of crude oil. [3]
Plastic beverage bottles are made of a polymer called PET, which is an abbreviation for polybendiester.
Chemicals used to make PET, PX and ethylene are extracted from crude oil.
Crude oil extraction is dangerous and polluting.
The National Response Center reports about 27,000 oil and gas accidents each year. [2]
S. crude oil comes mainly from the Gulf of Mexico, where a deep-water Horizon leak occurred, from the Middle East, the war in Iraq, and tar sands in Canada. Thousands of acres of forest were destroyed there to dig out the shale.
The plastic also uses natural gas because the other major components in PET manufacturing are natural gas.
It takes 1 to make a quart bottle. 5 cubic feet (42 litres)of natural gas.
This is a sphere 53 inch. 135 cm)
Wide, as shown in the following figure. [3]
Most of the natural gas in the United States was extracted through controversial fracking, which led to thousands of water pollution claims across the United States.
Plastic manufacturing uses a lot of coal, and electricity is also needed to make polymers and shape bottles.
This electricity is mainly produced by coal.
Release smoke, air pollutants and heavy metals. [4]
One liter of plastic bottles requires two. 9 oz. (83 gr. )
Coal, as shown in the following figure.
Transport plastic particles to the bottle factory using a diesel truck. Most of the plastic resin used in the United States is made on the East Coast.
This means that plastic particles used to make plastic bottles are shipped from there to other parts of the country through diesel trucks.
All of this oil, coal and gas used to make a plastic bottle are released 3. 4 cubic feet (96 liters)
Carbon dioxide equivalent.
Fill up the balloon 70 inch (178 cm)wide.
But, you might ask, can\'t this plastic be recycled? Unfortunately. . .
Recycling can only reduce the environmental footprint of plastics. Most of the key issues with recycling (80 percent)
It can have an impact on energy and the environment during the bottle manufacturing process, even if this is done using recycled polymers.
It takes so much energy to collect, crush and clean the bottle, and then re-make the bottle, that recycling can only remove about 10% of the carbon impact in the life of the bottle. [4]
6 The actual recovery rate is as low as non
In fact, the recovery rate of plastic is not high.
Even in areas with relatively high voluntary recovery rates like California, this ratio is only about 40%. (
Many states do not provide recycling services at all. )
The national average is only 6%. [5]
7 new beverage bottles rarely contain recycled polymers. Did you turn all the bottles used for recycling into new beverage bottles? Think again.
New plastic beverage bottles generally do not contain recycled polymers, except in some rare cases in California, where they are only 4% in content. [4]
Inevitably, recycled plastics cannot be made into clear bottles.
The used bottles are inevitably attached to dust, glue, beverage residue and other contaminants, making the recycled plastic Gray.
Diesel is also used for recycling trucks!
Trucks that recycle bottles use energy.
About 5 gallons (20 liters)
Collect and process diesel oil from one ton of waste. [4]
The 10 caps are made of different types of plastic: polypropylene, making recycling possible.
Due to the contamination of the PET polymer by the polypropylene cap, it is necessary to manually separate from the plastic bottle.
Plastic is usually cycled down, and plastic is usually recycled only once.
Pollution difficulties mean plastic beverage bottles are \"cycled down\" to a lower level
High grade plastics such as pipes, plastic wood and polyester fabrics.
Recycling plastics requires a lot of water, and although recycling is sold as a flagship green practice, recycling itself is not an eco-friendly process.
The bottles collected need to be cleaned, which causes water pollution and requires more power. [4](
The following figure shows the washing of crushed recycled plastic particles. )
Recycling often loses money. The market for recycled plastic polymers is simply not big enough to financially support plastics.
Recycling Plan.
Therefore, the cost of recycling projects may be five times the cost of dumping waste in landfill sites.
We pay for all this garbage collection and recycling through our taxes.
New York City, for example, costs 1.
$4 billion per year for health facilities. So -
The rest of the plastic, what will happen without recycling?
Burning is just burning the plastic, so if the plastic is burned, it won\'t solve the problem, and it may release toxic chemicals called dioxin, even more carbon dioxide than landfill.
The incineration plant is also very expensive and will not even let the garbage disappear completely because the garbage will leave residual ash after burning.
Even if thrown into the recycle bin, most of the plastic will be landfill. 80% of the plastic in the United States is finally buried. [5]
Your plastic bottles will most likely be stored in landfill, where they will be forever packaged and will take about 450 to break down.
Plastic waste in the ocean is eaten by birds and marine mammals, and if your plastic bottle and bottle cap enter the ocean, it may end up reaching a part of the ocean like a large garbage belt in the Pacific Ocean, it may be eaten by birds or turtles there.
Scientists have found that each plankton has six plastic particles (
Micro-organisms as the basis of the marine food chain)in this area. [7]
17 small plastic blocks become micro-plastic and are absorbed by individual plastic molecules of broken fish
The plastic was absorbed by the fish. (
These are called \"micro plastic \". \")
When this plastic breaks down, it releases a toxic chemical, called O-benzene Ester, into the tissue of the fish, thus eventually entering the supply chain of seafood we eat. [8]
Throwing garbage is expensive for managers. S. almost $11.
A reduction of £ 5 billion per year is known to reduce the value of property. [6]
There is also your health: 19 PET plastics can release toxic chemicals to your body, plastic PET bottles can release chemicals called neighboring benzene to your drink, this, in turn, can be used as a human hormone interference.
It is considered to be the cause of breast cancer, obesity, poor intellectual development in children and the reduction of male and infant genitals. [9]
Soda is a major contributor to obesity, with Americans increasing their daily intake of calories from soda by an average of 300 calories.
Replacing plastic bottled drinks with reusable water bottles will save people from consuming all the nutrient-free soda calories. [10]
21 bottles of bottled water and drinks are expensive if you spend $2.
Spend $730 a day on bottled drinks.
If you invest the money from 20 to 60 at a rate of 3%, you will save $54,000 more in the bank!
Plastic bottles for one year add up. . .
Now, if we take into account the resources needed to make an average of 21 pounds PET plastic beverage bottles we use each year, this is equivalent :-7 gallons (27 litres)of crude oil-
405 cubic feet (11,466 litres)
Gas and-50 pounds (22. 7 kg)
These fossil fuels are released at 926 cubic feet (26,208 liters)
Carbon dioxide-
It is equivalent to 146 inch of the balloon pollution (3. 7 meters)in diameter.
All you need to do is imagine the scale of fossil fuels we use as a country each year for a cumulative use of nearly four BILLION pound plastic beverage bottles. [3]
This does not mean that changing plastic to glass or aluminum is the obvious solution.
Glass manufacturing requires four times the use of the above-mentioned fossil fuels.
Next is aluminum, which takes about 2. Five times more. [3]
The real solution is to completely avoid disposable packaging.
Low bottled drinks-
Because it is easy to replace with reusable beverage bottles, fruit is hung for change.
This method of preventing waste before waste occurs is called zero waste.
Because most of the environmental impact is reflected in the manufacture of the product, we need to prevent it before the environmental harm occurs.
This is a very superior way to treat the symptoms of the problem, as we have seen over the years attempts to recover failures.
As individuals, there are many things we can do to reduce plastic pollution.
Many people are adopting a zero-waste lifestyle, which is to give up disposable plastic products as much as possible.
You can start to fall in love with your reusable water bottle and carry it with you to help prevent plastic contamination.
You won\'t even want to buy a plastic bottled drink if you bring it with you.
Life without disposable plastic bottles is an important step in creating a more beautiful, healthier world that we can all be proud.
You help create one with simple zero waste actions to make your reusable water bottle your best friend.
Do you know that you can live a lifetime without making any garbage?
Download the manual \"clean up your life in 90 days: Complete guide to zero waste of life art for your Kindle or PDF version and subscribe to the canceled Youtube channel, learn more tips on how to eliminate domestic waste.
Keep an eye on my work at Hello World Labs.
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