| The biggest growth in bottled beverages isn't beer or soft drinks or juices; It's water. Bottled water is the single largest growth area among all beverages, that includes alcohol, juices and soft drinks. Per capita consumption has more than doubled over the last decade. While the recycling rate is extremely low, the demand from recyclers is actually quite high. |
These so called PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) containers (fizzy drink bottles, cordial bottles, cooking oil bottles), pile up as mountains of waste.
| The era of cheap oil is over - new discoveries are generally harder to find, more expensive to extract, and more expensive to refine. The world is now consuming around 1000 barrels of oil per second, so the prices are likely to remain elevated, over time. On the other hand, the stream of plastic waste is literally drowning us. Now we might be able to shoot two bird with one stone. |
| A better way to reduce waste created by plastic bags and other packaging than by skipping the stuff altogether, which is precisely what a London grocery shop does. While some packaging is recycled, most ends up in landfill sites and some packaging is just difficult and often impossible to recycle. |
| Plastics are a valuable natural resource. They are derived from fossil fuels and are created at substantial energetic and environmental cost. And yet we have come to treat plastic as the ultimate throw-away consumer commodity - using them in an all-pervasive multitude of short-term applications. |