Life Span of a Littered Plastic Bottle

Photo of a PET bottle with a timeline above divided into life cycle related sections with Waste being the largest section

This graphic attempts to reveal the life span of a carelessly thrown away PET bottle, as suggested by the shape of the bottle itself. With substantial time (and energy) spent in production, shipping and shelf display, its usage time is usually the shortest, often just a few minutes. If not disposed properly (like this one found in the midst of vegetation at a park in Jaipur, India), it can lie for months, sometimes years, as nothing but waste…

UPDATE: According to news reports in 2019, nearly 80% of PET bottles produced in India are being recycled, which, perhaps, is a remarkable statistic.