During my research, I learned just how harmful single-use plastics are to the environment & animals. My old way of thinking was that single-use plastic cups should be recycled after each use since polypropylene, the material that most party cups are made of, allows them to be recycled. However, actions speak louder than words, & that's a BIG problem.
According to a recent survey, only 1% of plastic cups are recycled. To put it another way, 99% will end up in landfill or our oceans. Every year, people throughout the world consume 500 BILLION (500,000,000,000) single-use plastic cups. To make matters worse, it's predicted that plastic manufacturing will climb 40% by 2030!
Plastic was originally created in 1804, about 220 years ago, making it one of the oldest materials on the planet. You may be wondering, "What's the big deal?" Well, I'm pleased you asked. Plastic is predicted to deteriorate in around 450 years, according to scientists. The truth is... this is only an educated guess.
We don't actually know how long plastic takes to decompose since we lack first-hand evidence. It's crazy to think that every piece of plastic made since 1804 could still be on the planet today if it wasn't recycled.
At Red Cup Official, we are continually searching for solutions to reduce single-use plastics - slowly developing & showing people a more sustainable way to party.