In today’s fast moving world we are opting for goods which are easy to handle, optimally time saver and light on our pocket, plastic as highly acclaimed is meeting our all needs satisfactorily but for this pleasure its highly taxing over our health and environment, don’t we have solutions to replace this sweet poison from our day today requirements. Here presenting you a synopsis of few eco-friendly substitutes for plastics.
1. Biodegradable takeaway cutlery:One time use plastic cutlery we are using in day today life will still be around till 5 centuries which is specifically made of polypropylene or polystyrene by polymerisation.
Eating in this plastic cutlery is causing grievous health issues to us, hot and chilled food partially breaks down styrene and benzene content in the food which is suspected as potential carcinogens and neurotoxin to humans and simultaneously reaches to our tissues and blood stream. Plastic cutlery is generally made of recycling grade-1 which is permissible for one time use along with precautions that it should not be reused or heated or chilled. One time use plastic cutlery has just benefited us with convenience otherwise its sacking our health and environmental health, it’s high time to choose eco-friendly alternatives for consumption. There are many manufacturers which are contributing towards compostable cutlery, which are composed of bamboo fibre, sugarcane residue and leaves of areca leaf plates and bowl. So, whenever you are planning to buy party cutlery go for the compostable one a small step towards plastic pile free world.
2. Eco-friendly carry bags:
Plastic bags have become silent companion of our shopping we have never taken care of keeping a shopping bag as we have made habit that its seller’s headache to provide a carry bag why should we worry about, this negligence is the key reason of unnecessary piling up of plastic. We should oblige ourselves for carrying our own shopping bag for the diminution of plastic demand. If we are eating or heating food in plastic bag are at the risk of getting many diseases like asthma, cancer and obesity. Increasing plastic garbage is also in filtering into main water streams and reaching till the wild animals and aquatic life causing severe harm, even burning of plastic releases suffocating gases which increase air pollution. There are many easy ways of making your own eco-friendly pet bags like from your old rags, if you are not good at crafting buy any jute bag, cloth bag, canvas bag and many more endless options other than plastics and feel proud to show love towards to your mother nature. Let’s start disgracing plastic bag users. Authorities should also take strict actions towards plastic distributors there should be complete ban on plastic bag production.
3.Alternative packaging material: Plastic is one of the favourite material for the packaging industries because of its durability and low cost albeit overlooking its venomous impact on nature as plastics are made from heated carbon and other materials that are not good for the environment. Science is progressing towards plastic alternatives for example:
Scientists have studied that milk protein can help produce a biodegradable plastic to make insulation, furniture cushions, packaging, and other products, surprising! Till now I was aware of its health benefits buts its benefiting nature also. Casein present in it is all doing to produce biodegradable material that complements the compressibility and stiffness of polystyrene. The contemporary milk-based plastic doesn’t crack easily, and it is less toxic. Looking forward for this invention.
b) Chicken Feathers:
Disposing of chicken feathers in United States is a biggest problem, but with the efforts of researchers feathers can be converted to water-resistant thermoplastic. Chicken feathers are composed of keratin protein maximally which has the property of toughness and durability like plastics. The keratin-based plastic is proven to be more resistant to tearing than other plastics made from soy, starch, and other agricultural sources. It is cost-effective, renewable, and fully biodegradable.
c) Liquid wood: It has the same texture and property as plastics which is petroleum free looks feels and acts like plastics but unlike petroleum-based plastic, because it is biodegradable along with that it is suitable for various product packaging. According to many researchers use this as substitute to make toys, golf tees, and hi-fi speaker boxes.
d) Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA):
These polyesters are biodegradable plastics that resemble with man-made polypropylene. They are less flexible than petroleum-based plastics, and useful in plastic films, injection-molded bottles, and packaging.
4. Water bottles:
For your information plastic bottles contain Bisphenol A (BPA) chemical, to improve the quality of plastic hard and clear. But BPA is most popular for its damaged to endocrine of human system, explicitly causes health problems for example cancer, neurological difficulties, early puberty in girls, reduced fertility in women, premature labor, and defects in newborn babies. The main entry gate for BPA in the human body is through plastic bottled drinks and consumables. Pregnant ladies are at major risk because significant amounts have been found in placentas and growing foetuses. A study conducted last year found that 96% of women in the U.S have BPA in their bodies. Then why to accumulate plastics in our blood stream if we can replace it with healthy options, like carrying metal or glass water bottles or instead of drinking bottled water we can use water purifiers a better substitute of plastic bottles which will help in culmination of plastic pollution.