Our society is addicted to single use, “disposable” containers, and as a result, plastic waste is choking our landfills and oceans. Recent statistics confirm that the bottled water industry is one of biggest culprits, producing empty plastic bottles to fill a 12×12 room is being filled from floor to ceiling every 74 seconds.
Research shows that recycling rates are at less than 25 percent which means that overall, more than 75 percent of all plastic PET bottles end up in landfills or as litter. In 1960 there was no plastic bottle production, however over the past 12 years there has been a 700 percent increase in bottles sold but only a 5 percent increase in recycling.
Second, it’s true that “plant-based” plastic is fully recyclable, has a lower reliance on a non-renewable resource, and reduces carbon emissions when compared with petroleum-based PET plastic bottles. The plant bottles are made from a blend of petroleum-based materials and up to 30 percent plant-based materials. What most companies don’t tell you, however, is that most of these “plant-based” plastics must be put through a specific chemical process at commercial composting facilities for their potential environmental benefits to be real.