Up-cycled PET bottles meet a new purpose. Rachel of The Sustainable Sequin Company designs and develops sequins from discarded PET bottles, reducing both waste and industry reliance on virgin plastics.
Say no to plastic bottles:
1. There is evidence to support that bottled water can have detrimental effects on human health, due to harmful chemicals released from the bottle, such as bisphenol A (BPA).
2. Most most plastic bottles that are currently produced are made from virgin polyethylene terephthalate (PET). PET plastic is comprised of non-renewable fossil fuels, which are a finite resource, and the use of this product encourages mining which has a host of other environmental impacts.
3. There is a large consumption of energy in capturing the water, conveying the water and also in the treatment of the water at the bottling plant. Additional energy consumption occurs in producing the bottle, and in cleaning, filling, sealing, labelling and refrigerating the bottles. Lastly, energy is required to transport the bottle to retailers, and then to the consumer
4. The production of bottled water consumes additional water for the manufacturing process. More than 6 litres are required to produce and cool 1.5 litres of bottled water.
5. Once plastic bottles are in the environment, they can take up to 450 years to biodegrade.
6. Plastic bottles harm our wildlife, and in particular our marine life.
7. Bottled water costs $3 per litre. Tap water costs $3 per 1000 litres. There is no economic math to support the use of plastic bottles.
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