Why is zero waste important?
- It is estimated we throw away around 2.5billion coffee cups a year. That's a staggering 7million a day. This can be avoided by refusing single use and swapping everyday items for your own reusable.
- Around 40% of plastic is used in packaging and the UK generates around 2.4 million tonnes per year of packaging waste. Of this, around 1.7 million tonnes is from households.
- Between 5-13million tonnes of plastic leaks into the world's oceans each year, ingested by fish, and then by you. It is estimated by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish.
- It is estimated that around 10 million tonnes of food waste is generated every year, 70% of which was intended to be consumed by people. This has a value of over £20 billion and is associated with more than 25 million tonnes of GHG emissions
www.wrap.org - Sep 2019