There are plastics everywhere! Look around your home— could you imagine your day-to-day life without plastic? To make anything, plastics can be used. These are less costly and more comfortable than most other materials. Technological advances in healthcare, transportation, and food security have been driven. Such features changed our lives and made plastics one of the world’s most widely used materials.
Such advantages have come at a cost.
The use of plastics has a negative impact on the weather, affects animals, pollutes the atmosphere and even influences our body’s working habits by influencing our hormones.
Scroll down to learn more about how to make plastic free your home. Make small changes so that your family is part of the solution instead of active plastic pollution contributors!
What are plastics?
Plastics are made of oil or gas. To make fuel for transport and even LPG for cooking, oil or gas is processed (refined). Ethylene and propylene are extracted through this method of refining. These by-products are building blocks for producing plastics. This is one of the main reasons why plastic is so cheap in comparison with any other commodity on the planet.
Why Plastics Are Unsafe?
Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDCs) are BPA and other additives (such as phthalates). By blocking, copying or preventing hormone production, these affect your body. Hormones stream through your blood and function in your body as messengers. We regulate the functioning of your cells and organs. They affect your body, your mood, your height, your weight, and how you grow and develop. Scientists have found that even small quantities of EDCs are long-term harm to your health.
How To Stop Plastics Pollution?
Imagine that you come and find out that there is a running tap and water has socked all over the floor.
What might you do first? Start cleaning up the water or close the tap?
It is clear all people would 1st close the faucet even before we’d think about mopping.
The science is obvious. Solely ‘mopping’ isn’t a solution!
We can’t recycle either our way out of this challenge. It loses quality if the plastic is melted and reused. The method is commonly referred to as’ downcycling’ as the plastic you placed in your recycling bin will never return to you like the same item. If you’re fortunate, your plastic water bottle could be recycled into a food container of low quality and finally turned into clothing polyester fibers. The absolute best-case scenario is two or three cycles of use. In fact, however, even once, 60 percent of PET bottles are never recycled or downcycled.
Tips to make your house plastic free
1. Stainless steel and glass water bottles
Replace plastic water bottles with stainless steel and glass water bottles in your house. Such containers can be used regularly, are safe to use (because they don’t have unpleasant EDCs) and create less waste (because glass and stainless steel can be recycled and not downcycled).
2. Plastic free kitchen
Find plastic items that come into contact with hot sticky, spicy or acidic foods or beverages and substitute them with safer alternatives like stainless steel, ceramic or glass. Note the #3 PVC, #6 PS and #7 OTHER (PC and ABS) plastic resin codes are’ unsafe’ for your family Other plastics are’ safer,’ but companies may use EDCs additives that are not legally obliged to inform you.
3. Reusable bags
What kind of shopping bags do you use at home? Next time a shopkeeper gives you a disposable plastic bag say no and then carry your recycled cotton or jute bag.
4. Reusable items for food
Look for recycled products made of stainless steel, glass, and ceramic (cups, pots, cutlery, straws and food storage containers). Not only are these healthier for your health, but studies show that this move could reduce greenhouse gasses, air pollutants, and water consumption by up to 88 percent.
Today, the smallest step you and your family take to saving the world from the plastic threat will go a long way. Inspire your kids to say ‘ NO’ to plastics and serve others as an example.
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