Shifting materials for single-use containers away from plastic will not resolve the overall issue, according to a new infogaphic-based report from Green Alliance.

The short document, titled Losing the bottle: why we don’t need single-use containers for water, summarises the various environmental implications of scaling up single-use plastic packaging alternatives in the bottled water market.

The document draws attention to how easy it is to buy water in aluminium cans, glass bottles and cartons throughout the UK marketplace, for example, but each of these materials have a severe impact on the planet annually. Green Alliance claims aluminium creates enough toxic waste to fill the Royal Albert Hall six times over; current glass bottle levels creates as many emissions as a population the size of Bath; and cartons results in filling 9,000 bin lorries with unrecyclable materials.

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