Take away food deliveries are gaining momentum in last 5 years there has been 50 percent increment in the orders because digital food orders reduce wait time and increase the speed of delivery and makes us more satisfied but environment is compromising under this satisfaction.
Digital food ordering from chaat stalls (savoury snack) to fine dining restaurants generate one of the bulkiest single-use plastic waste for example straws, cutlery, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles are single-use plastics which are listed as the largest contributor to the plastic waste menace in the environment. Yearly there is approximately 300 million tons of plastic production all over the world and it is more shocking to know that among this whole production half of this plastic is disposable or ‘one time use plastic’, we recycle only 10-13% of the produce.
The one time use plastic cannot be recycled because it has petroleum products which makes it difficult to recycle and to recycle it there is requirement of addition of virgin chemicals which increases the expenditure or the price of recycled plastic and among recycled plastic there is very less products in use, therefore petroleum plastics dumped into landfills or discarded into ocean.
As per the recent research of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has conducted a study on plastic waste disposal and came up with surprising data, they explained 79% of the total plastic waste i.e. 6,300 million metric tons (MMT) is accumulated in landfills or in the natural environment (river system and oceans). Although plastic will not biodegrade or decompose into soil, it can only break down into tiny particles after many years and under this process of breakdown it will release toxic chemicals which will incorporate into our food and water supply. Plastic toxins have already started showing its effects, now being reached into our bloodstream. And the latest research has linked them to cancer, infertility, birth defects, impaired immunity and many other ailments. We have not come too far we still have some time left to change our habits if really have zeal to protect our future generations from the toxicity of the plastic. We can defenatly come up with greater biodegradable alternative of plastic.