LONDON, EDINBURGH, & CARDIFF - When wishing to dispose of the clear, plastic container, while failing to spot a local recycling station, an estimated 20 million women, men, and children in Britain asked Thursday, whether throwing away a bottle is just that bad.
"It'll be fine," says Birmingham resident, Michael Bueller, repeating the exact same sentiment of Reading-area citizen John Packard, Glaswegian Paul McNeil, and Chelsea businessman Fred Hinks, as they tossed polyethylene terephthalate object into an awaiting rubbish receptacle.
"It's only just one little bottle. Not a big deal," continued a third of the populace.
According to the inner consciences of millions of citizens, while not ideal, throwing away one empty bottle wouldn't make that much of a difference, and could even be forgiven, considering how long they had been carrying it around, and also, the time that could be saved by just tossing it out right here.
In addition, the entire conurbation of the West Midlands and the Greater Manchester area reassured themselves that they knew better than this, but hey, they weren't using aerosols all the time, also that nobody's perfect.
All agreed that disposing of what would eventually amount to 50 tons of thermoplastic polymer resin wasn't the end of the world.
"What's one little bottle in the grand scheme of things, you know?" added each and every single one of them.
This plastic-bottle-related dilemma wasn't the only environmental quandary facing millions of citizens across the country. An estimated 20 million men and women wondered how wasteful leaving a single light-bulb on all night really was.
Likewise, had they not been so tired, and busy, and stressed, citizens making up the equivalent of three major metropolitan areas told reporters that they probably wouldn't have driven their cars down to the store.
"Relax," thousands upon thousands of Britons quietly whispered to themselves as they tossed two articles of clothing into an empty washing machine and turned it on. "What are you so worried about?"