What the Flush! [Infographics]

UKDN Waterflow has conducted new research with startling results. Every day Brits are flushing medicines, illegal drugs and plastics in tampon applicators and wet wipes. This comes at a huge cost to our environment. Record numbers of wet wipes were recently found on the shores of the Thames, and of course, the Whitechapel fatberg has been all over the news!

At least one in four people in the UK pour cooking oil down the drain and almost half of people pour sauces, whilst one in five allow their drains to fill with hair and almost 15% of women flush at least one of the following: tampons, applicators and wrappers. Incredibly, 94% of the population asserted they were actually confident with what they should and shouldn’t put down their pipes. Clearly, this isn’t the case!

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How to guide the generation of today to ensure a sustainable environment?

The population is growing at an unexpected rate, and if we don’t keep a check on it now, we might lose many useful resources soon. Be it renewable resources or non-renewable resources; conserving them is essential to keep the environment stable.

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How the Oil industry is pushing Plastic [Infographic]

The fracking boom is flooding the world with Ziploc bags, ketchup packets, and single-use spoons.

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Stop Killing the Planet with Water Bottles [Infographic]

Naturally, all of us drink water, and many of us opt for bottled water instead of tap in an effort to stay healthier. But drinking from a disposable plastic water bottle isn’t necessarily a healthier option—and it has a highly negative impact on our environment.

It starts well before a plastic bottle even touches your lips. Creating one year’s worth of bottled water requires 17 million barrels of oil, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars or power 190,000 homes. And after a plastic bottle is disposed of, it might become one of the 38 billion bottles that end up in our landfills each year. Even worse, it might wash into the ocean, where plastic waste kills 1.1 million marine creatures annually.

What’s more, plastic water bottles sometimes contain harmful chemicals like BPA, which means that “healthier” bottled water could actually be causing serious health problems.

This infographic from Printwand is a helpful breakdown of the most important facts and statistics that you should know about disposable water bottles, along with the criteria to look for when choosing a reusable alternative (such as those available here).

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The Cost of Litter [Infographic]

Research by finance experts Money Guru shows that 62% of the population will throw litter away at some point, but it is a telling fact that only 28% admit to it.

Chewing gum, cigarette butts, fast food containers and plastic bottles are the most likely things to be littered. Much of this waste finds its way into our rivers and from there into our oceans and when you consider that this plastic is virtually indestructible then you can see why we have such a huge problem.

There are over 38 million plastic bottles used every day in the UK with only just over ½ of these ever making into recycling, along with 200 million cigarette butts littered each and every day, and an estimated 10 million tonnes of waste from the fast food industry then perhaps you can begin to see the extent of the problem.

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