1. How is plastic all around us and how long does it take to biodegrade?
Let’s start with something positive! I am very glad that the world is opening up and is looking for more and more ways to escape from the use of plastic. In some countries and cities, the use of plastic bottles has been banned. As far as I know in Europe, the ban on disposable plastic water bottles will soon be accepted (2021)! I see more and more people with reusable bottles, as well as those who refuse plastic bags in stores … or carry canvas bags or just barely fasten their products to the car :))
This is a great start!
Let’s turn now our attention to the facts, which we can hardly change completely, but with small efforts, we can make a wonderful start, and perhaps improve the progress, which is already made.
Plastic is all around us. Unfortunately, almost all the products we consume are packaged in plastic. We buy them, then pack them in a plastic bag, and often end up throwing our waste in a bin with another plastic bag. We live in the 21st century and these are the “comforts” we enjoy! When we are thirsty, we buy mineral water in a plastic bottle from a nearby store, drink cocktails or healthy fresh juices with a straw (in a plastic cup). Our daily coffee is also in a plastic cup. In a slightly better case, the cup is paper but discarded again after a single-use. We pay for all of this with our plastic debit cards.
There are still too many examples that I don’t think I need to discuss right now. We need to realize that we can change the status quo! Everyone as an individual and we – as a society – decide what to do!
And when will we know that it takes at least 200-300 years for these products to decompose ?! They will outlive us and our grandchildren!
All those years on our Green Earth for a product we use in most cases once? Is it worth the convenience?
2.A short story about animals and plastic.
I can start with something positive here. Fortunately, there are already many organizations involved in cleaning the ocean and forests. Despite their efforts, unfortunately, there are more plastic bottles in the oceans, than fish!
Recently I read about a whale in which they have found 115 plastic cups, 25 plastic bags, 4 plastic bottles, and 1000 other plastic particles. Also, a tortoise died of suffocation, over plastic straws and more. Everyone knows about problems, but what are we doing about it?
Hardly animals throw plastic junk, unfortunately they also suffer from our actions.
3. How are plastic products manufactured?
The constituents of plastic are mainly crude oil, gas, and coal. Plastics are polymers (long chains of molecules) that are made in large vessels with catalysts at special temperature and pressure. The polymers are molded as rubber pellets or powder. The pellets or powder are heated to softening and then poured into the desired shape.
4. What are the easy steps we can take?
The first step I have already done is to reduce the use of plastic products. Such as using a reusable canvas bag, a reusable water bottle, using a reusable coffee cup. The next step is a separate waste collection. I know the general opinion is that everything goes in one place, but I did a research and it is not. Together, they are collected, but subsequently separated and recycled 🙂 Another idea is to collect some waste in the nature of others who accidentally dumped the waste into nature. This is a personal preference, but for me personally it is very unpleasant, for example, to see plastic junk in the mountain, so I put them in my backpack and throw them in a trash bin somewhere in the city.
Recycling of plastics means the processing of plastic waste to produce material for new plastic products. This avoids the production of plastics from raw materials – coal, gas and crude oil, which save natural resources.
The same types of materials that have been processed cannot be made from recycled plastic material. For example, plastic obtained from recycling bottles cannot be made again.
For the final, I share a few quotes that inspire me and I hope it works for you:
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
– Robert Swan, Author
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
I started to take steps in this direction because I believe in one thing – not someone else, but it is we who can change the present.
credits to: nordholding.bg и ecopack.bg