Life with Plastics â
You must be hearing this word more often nowadays to âReduce, Reuse, Recycleâ.
When it comes to the word âRecyclingâ the very first object reflects in our mind is âPlasticsâ. I have to say that we are bonded with plastics and we canât leave without it. Most of the dust in our houses are generated from dead skin we shed, sand, insect waste, flour in the kitchen, and of course lots of good, old-fashioned dirt. Now we must add a new ingredient to that are microplastics and small fibres. Plastic has become more important than our loved ones from morning to evening. I think with this statement you might start to memorise where and how we use plastics and I can also guess that you might be now checking your place. Just think how we start our day by brushing our teeth in the morning, to finishing our supper we use plastics everywhere.
Below are the Facts and efficientÂ ways to recycleÂ
- Plastics produced in the last ten years are more than the plastics produced back in a century.
- Organizations run plastic free campaign will produce plastics by offering people items like water bottles, cups.
- 500 millions of bags used in around the world every hour.
- Plastic is the only material that remains toxic even after breaking down.
- A family of four people uses 60 â 70 single-use bags in four visits to supermarkets.
- More than 100 pieces of microplastics are consumed every time we sit down to eat our meal and the remaining dust is from the air.
- Most of the Marine animals killed due to consuming the plastics as food.
- A minimum of 10 millions tons of plastics ends up in the ocean every year.
- out of seven types of plastics, only three types of plastics can be easily recycled plastics, they are PET, HDPE and PVC.
- PVC used in manufacturing saline bags is the only plastics that can be recycled 16 times.
- 60% people know if the plastic item they are using can be recyclable but lazy to put into recycle bin.
- Leftover residue in the plastic container will result in the container ending up the landfill, so make sure you rinse your bottles and container before throwing them into the recycling bin.
- CountriesÂ like New Zealand taking steps to ban the use of the single-use plastics bags completely from 2019.
- Recycling companies want your lids and caps as they are typically made of High-Density Poly Ethylene.
- Most of the clothing designers today use fabric made from recycled plastics bottles.
- Plastic Bags and wraps are recyclable, so you just have to search the store that takes it.
- It takes 250 ml of oil to make 1 litre of bottled water.
- soda and juice bottles can be recycled and used for manufacturingÂ jacket and insulations products, so never dump them in the trash.
- Only 12% per cent of energy is consumed while recycling the plastics.
Efficient ways to recycle
- Only buy the products that can be recyclable
- Allocate a bin for different types of recyclable materials like aluminium, bottle and plastics and place them handy.
- Never mix your hard plastics with bags and wraps.
- Ink toners and cartridges are recycled by the same company that sells them, in most of the areas they provide a bin to collect used toner and cartridges.
- Start with an end process in your mind when buying a new plastic item.
- Buy your coffee in keep cup instead of paper cups given by coffee shops.
- Aluminium is the only material on the planet that can be recycled end number of times, so never put your cans into the trash.
- It is easy to teach children about what can be recycled and what canât be recycled, so start teaching your children the importance of recycling.
- Reusing the products at home is a fun way to teach kids the importance of recycling.
- Start composting the food scraps instead of the dumping them into the trash.
- Contact your recycler to know what they are happy to take.
- Take the responsibility to explain to people the benefits of recycling.
- If you work for an organization that is really interested to reduce the waste it is better to advise them to conduct a waste audit to prove how much you can recycle.
- Always rinse your take away container before dumping them into recycle bin.
- Never dump the broken glass or sharp items into recycle bin without wrapping them in the paper as it might be a safety risk.
- Use eco-friendly cutleries and plastics instead of plastics cutleries and plates as these cannot be recycled and sent to landfill.
The whole idea behind writing this blog is to make people aware of what and how we can reduce carbon emissions released into the atmosphere by following simple and small steps. As I have been working waste industry for last 5 years that made to write this article. Above are a few ideas that are really made a change. There are many ways we can follow in terms of reducing the carbon footprint. Your comments are welcome all the time.