27 Nov '17, 11pm

Message in a (PET) plastic bottle

Plastic bottles are the height of convenience. We rely on them for clean water or our favourite soft drinks - they perfectly fit our rushed grab-and-go lifestyles which revolve around disposable goods. Problem is, the world is drowning in plastic waste and bottles are partly to blame. Last year, nearly 483 billion plastic PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles were made, according to market research by Euromonitor International - that's about 66 per person on the planet. By 2021, Euromonitor estimates annual production of PET bottles will hit 583 billion, driven by booming demand for clean drinking water in Asia. But the price for this convenience is a growing mountain, or tide, of plastic waste and rising oil consumption - annual plastic production represents about 6 per cent of oil consumption. The good news is that PET plastic bottles can be recycled, turned back into...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/world/message-in-a-pet-plasti...

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