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Top 5 Facts About Plastic

It’s no secret that we at Bumble Wrap are all for promoting a plastic-free lifestyle. Plastic is a harmful man made material that has detrimental effects on our environment and the health of our beautiful planet, therefore we avoid the use of it at all costs.

As you may know, we do our bit for the planet by producing a plastic-free cling film alternative to help keep food fresher for longer. Our beeswaxwraps are the perfect solution for wrapping a variety of food to eradicate the need for plastic wrap or plastic food storage boxes.

Not only this, at Bumble Wrap HQ, we operate our business as plastic-free as possible. We receive milk deliveries in glass bottles and use our wax wrappers to keep it fresh in the fridge, we use recycled material for our order packaging, and drink only loose leaf tea.

So, why is plastic so bad and what is plastic pollution? 

Plastic was man made in 1907

Plastic is a man made material, which means it doesn’t exist in nature. It was first ever made from chemicals found in fossil fuels by a Belgian chemist called Leo Baekeland in 1907.

Plastic takes hundreds of years to decompose

If you didn’t already know, plastic can take anywhere between 20 and 500 years to fully decompose. This is one of the most important reasons why plastic is so bad for our environment.

Plastic bottles can take up to 450 years to break down in landfill, which is why using a reusable option is far more beneficial for the planet.

40% of plastic thrown away is used only once

Unfortunately, a large proportion of plastic that goes to landfill is only used once. This includes water bottles, plastic shopping bags, sweet wrappers, plastic straws, and cling film. 

Why use plastic when there are reusable alternatives on the market? Replace plastic water bottles with a reusable water bottle, swap out plastic bags for canvas shoppings, choose metal or paper straws over plastic ones, and ditch the cling film for a beeswax wrap!

More than 5 trillion pieces of plastic fill our oceans

Sadly, quite a lot of plastic used day to day is not recycled and a lot of it ends up in our oceans once thrown away and this is extremely harmful to the wildlife. 

The message here is to reduce how much plastic you use but always recycle it if you do have to use it. There are also communal beach clean events up and down the country, where you can help pick up rubbish to prevent it entering the ocean and having detrimental effects.

If we’re not careful, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050

If we don’t act now, the amount of plastic entering our oceans every year could potentially triple in the next 20 years. This means that in less than 30 years there could be more plastic in the sea than fish.

However, with some thought and efforts made, we can stop this happening by actively using less plastic, recycling, and joining in to help clean up our oceans.

Be sure to get your order in today! We deliver UK wide and have free delivery on all UK mainland orders over £30.00.

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