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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



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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Ms. Angie Zhou

Education Specialist

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Angie Zhou is an Education Specialist at MIT App Inventor. She was the founder and CEO of Dreams Come True in Shenzhen, where she developed online coding courses for kids. She also has previous curriculum development, teaching and staff training experience at First Code Academy in Hong Kong.