Have you considered where the empty plastic bottle should go after drinking the drink? Some are recycled and remade into Plastic Drink Bottle, some of which are landfilled or discarded. Different outcomes have a world-wide impact on the environment. Reuse of nature is preferred. Landfilling, discarding or flowing into the ocean can cause great damage to the environment.
The convenience brought by Plastic Drink Bottle is obvious, but the pollution caused by them is often overlooked. According to an article in the British newspaper The Guardian, it is estimated that by 2021, the global consumption of plastic bottles will reach 500 billion a year, far exceeding the efficiency of recycling, and the seawater, coastal and other natural environments are facing the danger of plastic pollution. According to relevant statistics, the global consumption of plastic bottles reached 480 billion in 2016, but less than half of them were recycled, and only 7% of them were reused. Most are mixed into the garbage and landfilled or flowed into the ocean.
Plastic beverage bottles buried underground can cause soil and groundwater pollution. Plastic bottles that flow into the ocean will inevitably be eaten by some marine organisms, and eventually circulate through the food chain, allowing humans to eat their own fruits. Therefore, it is imperative to control the pollution of plastic bottles, not only for our generation, but also for future generations.
Recycling is a very good choice. Plastic bottles are mainly made of materials such as polyethylene or polypropylene and added with various organic solvents. Most materials are recyclable, which lays the foundation for the management of plastic bottle contamination.
With the foundation, we must also lay a "combination boxing".
First of all, it is necessary to implement the classification and recycling of garbage. Although the classified recycling system has been promoted everywhere, the effect is not very obvious. Therefore, it is necessary to increase publicity efforts and vigorously promote waste separation and recycling. This is not only conducive to the recycling of plastic bottles, but also to the classification of other garbage.
Second, companies must take responsibility for recycling. Production companies such as beverages and mineral water use a large number of plastic bottles every year, but they do not match their responsibilities. Enterprises should be urged to add some measures to encourage the recycling of plastic bottles in the sales process to improve the recycling rate of plastic bottles.
Again, encourage the development of more plastic bottle recycling technologies. The high cost of recycling is an important reason why many companies are discouraged from recycling plastic bottles. Therefore, the government should encourage and support research and development in plastic bottle recycling technology through means such as capital and taxation, and use technology to reduce recycling costs.
In addition, the development of alternative products is also a way to go. Nowadays, many countries in the world have realized the environmental hazards of plastic products including plastic bottles, and strongly support the development of products that can replace plastics. For example, British college students have developed an edible film made from a natural seaweed extract. Consumers can put water and beverages into the film and drink them together. This is a useful attempt.
Of course, it is more important to let the public establish a sense of reducing the use of plastic products. Without the extensive participation and strong support of the public, it is empty talk to reduce the use of plastic products, including plastic bottles. Therefore, it is necessary to widely publicize environmental protection knowledge and raise public awareness of environmental protection. With technological innovation and public support, it is necessary to do more with less.