Plastic recycling is a global environmental issue. In the face of excessive consumption and pollution of the ecosystem, there is no time to delay. Late in the subject, companies must now lead by example.
What is a PET bottle?
PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, is the most widely used polymer in the production of plastic bottles. It was developed in the 1990s and is also one of the easiest to recycle. This is part of a basic guide to classifying plastics. PET on the package is represented by the number 1 and surrounded by a triangular arrow.
Consumption of plastic bottles in China
China is the fifth largest consumer of plastic water bottles on the planet, with 9.3 billion liters of bottled water sold every year! Problem: We still recycle too little.
Why and when did we start drinking bottled water?
Bottled water originated in the late 19th century. Back then, bottles were made of stoneware, then glass. The first PVC bottles appeared in the 1960s due to the plastic boom. Lightweight and durable, they quickly replaced the glass. In the 1990s, PET replaced PVC, which is rarely used in food packaging today because of its toxicity risk.
What is the output of bottles consumed each year?
China produces 310,000 tons of PET plastic bottles every year. An average French person consumes 96 plastic bottles a year! 25 million of these bottles are thrown away every day in the country. Put an end to these dizzying numbers and finally know that French plastic production has doubled 50 times in 50 years. And it continues to increase.
Alternatives to reduce consumption and disposal of plastic bottles
The best alternative to a plastic bottle is at the end of the tap: it’s running drinking water! Are you reluctant to drink? Know that it is strictly controlled in China and is not a health hazard.
Filter glass bottle
If you’re still in doubt, why not choose a water filter? It comes with an activated charcoal cartridge that retains chlorine (not harmful to health, but will change the taste of the water). Some filters also contain ion exchange resins to fight limescale (tartar) or other undesirable metals.
Same process, but more compact: The filter bottle lets you move around while always keeping filtered tap water close at hand. The filter here is much lighter: it’s usually a filter disc, which is easy to replace.
You can also purify your water with Binchotan activated charcoal from Japan. Stick to the pre-boil, it’s on the bottom of your carafe. Binchotan can remain active for about three months when soaked well.
Filter on faucet
Placed at the end of the faucet, it retains chlorine, certain heavy metals, and pesticide residues (if any). However, care must be taken to replace it every three months to prevent bacteria from multiplying.
Compared to the larger line of water purifiers, osmotic units are certainly the most efficient…but also the most expensive. It is a system of multiple filters that are installed under the sink and connected to the water supply.
When it comes to containers, keep in mind that the easiest and cheapest alternative to plastic is still…good old glass bottles, which would be a shame! It’s easy to clean, doesn’t change taste, and is 100% recyclable.
Stainless steel water bottle
Stainless steel is nickel. Lightweight, durable, beautiful, healthy, economical: stainless steel bottles are one of the most popular alternatives to limit the consumption of plastic bottles.
Where can I recycle plastic bottles in China?
58%: According to Cisco, this is the percentage of plastic squeezing machinebottles now recycled in China. The number is constantly increasing. Recycled plastics are an increasingly demanded product by manufacturers in the industry.
As a result, European and French public authorities have set ambitious recycling targets. The EU aims to achieve a recycling rate of 77% and 90% of plastic bottles by 2025 and 2029. In China, the government has set a higher bar, announcing a target of 100 percent by 2025. The introduction of plastic bottle deposits is under debate. However, China lags behind its neighbors. In Germany, recycling rates have reached 90%, as in Finland and Denmark.
Why are bottles consumed in the office less recycled?
Companies, whether they are collected by the public service or not, do not always provide themselves with a means of sorting packaging, especially when it is produced in small batches, as is often the case with PET bottles: containers are not sorted at the source Bottles, there is no collection device dedicated to this process.
Even with the means, not everyone plays the sorting game because at work you feel less responsible for your waste… Sometimes, sorting is done well, but the cleaning team doesn’t receive the correct instructions and put the bottles Mix with other waste! That’s why it is essential to provide clear, dynamic solutions for sorting plastic waste that is close to employees and ensure that it is collected and recycled.