On average in the European Union, 31 kilogram of plastic packaging is produced per person per year. This adds up to 15,8 million metric tonnes of packaging waste generated in the EU in one year only.
Among the EU member states, the amount of plastic waste generated per person ranged from 12 kilogram in Croatia to 60 kilogram in Ireland. For all member states this amount increased steadily over the last decade.
Around 40% of this waste is recycled with the highest shares found in Slovenia (63%) and the lowest in Finland (24%).
Exact numbers are unknown but a lot of our trash is exported to South East Asia for recycling, incineration and landfill purposes.
If everyone would follow these steps we can reduce the amount of plastic waste. It’s not easy to adjust but it’s certainly challenging and worthy to make that change.
Here are some simple daily life routines that contributes to less plastic waste.
- Always have a canvas shopping bag with you
- Don’t use plastic straws, cutlery
- Stop buying products that are wrapped in plastic packaging
- Avoid snacks/food with excess plastic packaging
- Get rid of plastic water bottles
- Package your lunch in glass containers
- Stop using plastic cutlery
- Choose metal over plastic razor blades
- Replace your plastic toothbrush with a wooden or bamboo toothbrush
- Always choose cardboard over plastic
- Avoid cosmetics products that contain microbeads
- Find solutions for your shampoo and conditioner plastic bottles
- Sort your garbage and separate plastic for proper disposal
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