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全球對塑料瓶的依賴 Visualising the world’s addiction to plastic bottles

Maria Li December 14, 2020

在世界各地,每分鐘購買近一百萬個塑料瓶。隨著這種塑料潮對環境的影響成為日益嚴重的政治問題,主要的包裝商品銷售商和零售商都承受著減少堵塞世界水道的一次性瓶子和容器的壓力。

在過去的50年中,塑料生產激增,導致廉價使用的一次性產品的廣泛使用對環境造成了破壞性影響。滿是塑料碎片的海灘和充滿塑料的肚子的死動物的圖像激起了人們的憤怒。

聚對苯二甲酸乙二酯(PET)瓶通常用於汽水和礦泉水,但也可以用於其他家用或個人護理產品。歐睿國際(Euromonitor International)的數據顯示,僅去年一年,這些瓶子的銷量就超過了4800億隻。每年我們都將用完的膠樽送到堆田區,眼不見為淨,所以我們很難想究竟有多少。現在就讓我們看看以下網頁的動畫看看收集較長時間的塑料堆會是什麼樣子。

Around the world, almost 1 million plastic bottles are purchased every minute. As the environmental impact of that tide of plastic becomes a growing political issue, major packaged goods sellers and retailers are under pressure to cut the flow of the single-use bottles and containers that are clogging the world’s waterways.

Plastic production has surged in the last 50 years, leading to widespread use of inexpensive disposable products that are having a devastating effect on the environment. Images of plastic debris-strewn beaches and dead animals with stomachs full of plastic have sparked outrage.

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles are commonly used for soft drinks and mineral water, but can also be used in other household or personal care products. Data from Euromonitor International, shows that more than 480 billion of these bottles were sold last year alone. That’s almost 1 million every minute, as shown in the animation at the top of this page. The illustrations below show what that pile of plastic would look like if it was collected over a longer period of time.

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