Did you know that every 7 weeks the population of the UK throw away rubbish equivalent to their own body weight!
The British consumers are starting to object to the increasing volume of packaging waste forcing major retailers to look for greener alternatives. Coca-Cola has been studying the “feasibility” of biodegradable bottles. The Swiss giant Nestlé is developing a plastic tray boxes that disintegrates on contact with water. Other companies are going biodegradable too, such as Marks & Spencer, and Tesco however they need to understand what is meant by biodegradable. Landfill sites do not provide the ideal conditions for bio degradation. In fact landfill provides the opposite, therefore biodegradable plastic products will not degrade.
Most families in Britain are inadvertently paying an average of £460 each on food packaging.UK ministers are concerned about how wasteful Britain is in comparison with the rest of Europe where improvements in recycling rates have been matched by rises in consumption. This just adds to the plastic mountain thrown into landfill sites where it will remain for 1,000 years.
Did you know:-
- Britain uses 20 times more plastic now than it did 50 years ago
- Plastic is made from a mixture of oil( A finite resource) and toxic chemicals
- Only 22 per cent of household rubbish is recycled. Most goes straight to landfill
- Out of all the countries in the EU only Greece and Portugal dispose of more waste to landfill than the UK
- Packaging waste weighs in at 9 million tons – 5 million of it from homes
- By quantity, most packaging is plastic (53 per cent), followed by paper/cardboard (25 per cent), glass (10 per cent), metals (7 per cent) and mixed materials (5 per cent).
- Britons use 275,000 tons of plastic bottles each year – 15 million a day
Sources: Department for Environment and Rural Affairs, Industry Council for Packaging.
Is there an alternative to plastic food packaging made from a mixture of oil and toxic chemicals?
Yes! Bioplastic made from Cornstarch. Products made from cornstarch are 100% compostable and will break down into compost in ideal conditions in approximately 12 weeks. The waste can be put in with food waste ready for transportation to anaerobic digestion, or commercial composting sites.