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The Dangers of Single-use Plastic

The average person uses 190 single-use bottles and 130 single-use cups per year. So, in one year the average person throws away 320 or more single-use products, almost one per day. On a global scale, one million plastic bottles are purchased around the world each minute. That’s 20,000 bottles per second, and those numbers are expected to increase by 20% over the next 2 years.

Here are some more quick facts about all those single-use plastic bottles and cups:

  • Single-use plastic bottles can take more than 500 years to decompose
  • Single-use plastics can be rejected by recycling centers
  • Only roughly 6-9% of plastic bottles end up recycled and the rest ends up in landfills, oceans, rivers, lakes, parks, beaches, mountains and streets
  • It takes more water to produce – up to 3x – than is actually in the single-use bottle
  • Single-use water bottles can be 2000x more expensive than filling from the tap
  • Foam to-go cups take can take up to a million years to decompose
  • Single-use paper cups, such as the ones from the coffee chain down the street, are often unable to be recycled because of the plastic integrated into the cup
  • Every minute the equivalent of one garbage truck full of plastic is dumped into the ocean; at this pace in 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean
  • Single-use plastics can have harmful chemicals that get into our water sources and end up ingested by fish, birds, other animals and humans

What can we do about it? Some governments are working to ban various single-use plastics in the future. However, the convenience of single-use plastics has infiltrated almost every part of our consumerism and society in general, from the grocery store to the movie theater to the café to the corner shop. It has never been more important for the public to be informed. We should understand how certain conveniences and purchasing habits are detrimental to our planet and what we can do about it.

You can do something about the single-use problem. The undabottle and its 3-in-1 versatility was built to be your everyday bottle and designed to eliminate the need for single-use. To ensure maximum sustainability, our designer followed Germany’s eco-design principles.

Bring your own bottle AND your own cup.

We encourage customers to ditch the single-use water bottles and fill (and refill and refill!) your undabottle with water from the tap, which, in nations with potable water, is often cleaner and cheaper than bottled water! Or, if you’re looking for more of a jolt, have your local café put your favorite caffeinated beverage or smoothie in your undabottle.