Challenge no. 228 Jan, 2019 Blog
Swap a disposable drinks bottle/cup for a reusable one
This week’s challenge is linked to challenge no.1 as we found a lot of plastic bottles and disposable coffee cups while out on our littering picking adventures.
According to The Independent, between eight and 12 million tons of plastic ends up in the sea each year, and single-use bottles and cups play a major part in this problem. One plastic bottle can take hundreds of years to decompose and, in the UK alone, over 35 million bottles are consumed each day (16 million of which go unrecycled). The same goes for polyethylene-lined disposable coffee cups, with less than 1% being recycled of the 2.5 billion we use annually in the UK.
Choosing a reusable drinks bottle and/or coffee cup will immediately help to cut down this unnecessary waste, but there are also other benefits – some of which may surprise you:
They will save you money – A reusable drinks bottle may set you back £10 or £20, but in the long-run this is far cheaper than continually buying plastic bottles. Furthermore, many coffee shops also offer cheaper hot drinks to people who bring their own reusable cup.
They are better for your health – A lot of people don’t realise that plastic bottles contain a harmful substance called polyethylene terephthalate. Many reusable versions are made from BPA-free, lead-free materials, and are therefore much better for our health.
They look better – Okay, so this isn’t the ‘be all and end all’, but it helps that when doing something good for the environment, you can do so in a stylish way. Most reusable bottles, cups and flasks are available in fun colours, pretty patterns and Instagrammable designs.
So, whether you regularly buy single-use plastic bottles for sports or often buy disposable coffee cups for your morning commute, opting for a sustainable alternative will help make a positive change this week. And if that doesn’t persuade you, this fact will: according to statistics from the United Nations, if current levels of pollution continue, there will be more plastic than fish in the seas by 2050.
Together we can help to change this!
Let us know how you get on using the hashtag #OpenUpToChange on social media or by writing to us. We’d also love to hear any ideas for the next World-Changer Challenge!
About the World-Changer Challenge
Here at Advent of Change, we aim to create a world that is fair, equal and sustainable. As part of that mission, we have developed The World-Changer Challenge: a weekly challenge inspiring a small day-to-day change with a big impact on the world. It’s the little things that add up, and together we have the power to make a huge impact.