Most of us are used to buying different products in our daily lives. And with these products comes a package – a bag, or even more than one. A plastic cup for our morning coffee, a stirrer, a styrofoam box for lunch together with a plastic fork and knife, also packed in a bag.
Disposable bags, dishes and cutlery surely have their own advantages, but it is becoming more and more necessary for us to think about the other side of the coin – their disadvantages. Why do we need to give up on plastic disposable products, and find an alternative solution?
- Our health. Plastic harms us twice. The first time is when it is produced –gathering the resources needed, manufacturing and transportation take their toll on the air we breathe. The second time is when we use it – most types of plastic release harmful carcinogenic substances, especially when exposed to heat. These substances are released into our food and water, and when we eat and drink, they enter our bodies.
- Our Environment. After we use a plastic cup or bag, we no longer see them, but they remain in the environment – they take decades to decompose, and their substances go in the soil, air and water. And again enter our bodies.
- Animal and plants. Human activities, and pollutants in particular, change not only the environment in which people live, but also the ones of plants and animals. This leads to declining populations, and to reducing Earths biodiversity.
- Our comfort. We are used to thinking, that plastic products are practical. But a torn plastic bag, a burned hand from a plastic cup, a leaking lunch box, a broken plastic fork – are things, that have happened to all of us.
The good news is, a solution to this plastic problem is easily available to all of us: replacing disposable with reusable products.