WRITER: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN
PICTURE: ONA RIHU
What plastic is made of ?
Plastics are made from materials found in nature, such as natural gas, oil, coal, minerals and plants. The very first plastics were made by nature, from rubber tree. Mass production has made plastic toxic. It's rarely made from natural resources nowadays and suffocates our planet more and more every single day.
IS plastic Biodegradable?
The most common toxic plastics aren't biodegradable. In sunlight they will degrade into tiny little pieces, called micro plastics (which will live internally). Of course, plastic buried in a landfill rarely sees the day light. But in the ocean, which is where a lot of discarded grocery bags, soft drink bottles and six-pack rings end up, plastic is bathing in as much light as water. In 2009, researchers from Nihon University in Chiba, Japan, found that plastic in warm ocean water can degrade in as little as a year. This doesn't sound so bad until you realize those small bits of plastic are toxic chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) and PS oligomer. These end up in the guts of animals or wash up on shorelines, where humans are most likely to come into direct contact with the toxins.
Is plant based plastic the solution?
When plastic was invented it was made of plant based components. It wasn't that harmful to the earth and could actually biodegrade back to the earth. It's amazing to see new biodegradable materials being introduced to the market. Even though this is much more loving than modern plastic, when you think about it, single-use items are always a waste. So the solution is reusable items. Items that we can use over and over again and pass on to others. And the most loving act to ourselves and to earth is to use non toxic materials, like sustainable sourced wood, bamboo or glass.
Education is the key for better DECISIONS, so here is some more information on why to say no to plastic :
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