Why does plastic matter and what is it?
We were surprised at how many inventors influenced the plastic we use today. It was started in 1862 by Alexander Parkes by creating nitroclulose, which was withdrawn from the market quite quickly due to its instability. We will not cite the entire story here, but we encourage you to check it out.
But what actually influences the fact that our planet is flooded with plastic?
The answer is simple, we have. We choose simpler, faster and, worst of all, cheaper solutions, and our choices are often unconscious. However, they contribute to the common good. Plastic has defined our world in a very short time. We have placed our trust in us, deluded by its properties, which gradually leads to the degradation of the planet. What exactly is plastic? It is a colloquial term for many plastics, i.e. a large group of materials present in every area of our life. Otherwise known as polymers, which can be divided into many groups. However, we do not want to give lessons in physics, chemistry or history, and we would like to emphasize how important everyday awareness is. Today we know that the biggest problem is waste from disposable packaging: bottles, disposable bags, food foil. The food industry is the largest recipient of plastic packaging and covers as much as 60%. The problematic nature of plastic waste results from its harmfulness to the natural environment, but also its durability, which means that it does not biodegrade, remaining on our planet for hundreds of years.
But did you know that? Plastic is a threat to all living organisms inhabiting our planet, including us.
And not only in the form of unsightly waste piled up in landfills. As more and more studies show, many of the plastics in which our food is packed, from which our clothes are made, are simply harmful to our health. On the other hand, plastic, which gets into the environment in huge amounts in the form of waste, contributes to the contamination of soil, water and plants and is an ever increasing threat to animals. Even so, there is no sign of the end of the plastic age today. Plastics are ubiquitous and that will not change anytime soon. It is undeniable, however, that people have recognized the problem of the ever-increasing demand for plastics. The European Union is introducing legislation to reduce plastic waste. There are bottom-up initiatives to abandon disposable products made of polymer materials. There is continuous research in the world to improve the methods of obtaining new, better and cheaper to produce biodegradable plastics. New rules and standards for plastics are introduced. However, the best way to take care of yourself and our planet today, without waiting for groundbreaking discoveries and perfect legal regulations, is to develop new consumer habits. Giving up on disposable plastic items and reducing the consumption of plastics in your environment is currently the best method to reduce the production of plastics, and thus reduce waste. It seems that only an increase in consumer awareness can end the era of harmful plastic.
So let’s summarize our short post. We are responsible for the pollution of the planet, and any change must start with ourselves. Daily choices bring us closer to the common goal of protecting our planet. Maybe you are wondering now that one person can do only little…. Well, nothing could be more wrong !!
The more choices of individuals, the greater the awareness of society. And although you are right, that you will not change the method of packaging the product yourself, but by uniting and choosing wisely in everyday shopping, we influence the good of the planet.
Let me know how your lifestyle change is going, or maybe you’ve already done it?