Bioplastics

Bioplastics are made from plant material instead of fossil fuels creating an impression that they are biodegradable. That is misleading, as they are chemically just like traditional plastic with the same waste problems.

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What do the numbers on plastic mean? And 3 other trashy questions, answered.

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Plastic is made of natural gas, fossil fuels and byproducts of crude oil, and is used so widely that it is causing havoc to wildlife, air, water, land, plants and humans.

  • Though recycling may not have many of its advertised benefits, it does help reduce plastic production to some extent. 
  • The people making plastic are not telling the gullible public about the gravity of the problem and what steps to take.

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The three arrows chasing each other symbol on most plastic products means it is made of plastic resin, and not that it is recycle friendly.

Plastics embossed with the numbers 1 and 2 can be recycled, but 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 may not be recyclable.

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Biodegradable plastics are dangerous to the environment, as they degrade into microplastics, being pushed into soil, water and food.

Compostable plastic isn’t the same thing as organic waste(banana peels and eggshells) but an entirely different entity that needs to be recycled.

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If recycling plastic is a headache, one can avoid plastics altogether by using glass, cloth, cardboard and ceramics.

  • We as individuals make up a tiny fraction of plastic consumption.
  • It is the corporations that produce dangerous plastic in insanely large quantities for packaging and shipping products.
  • We need to support companies that truly care for the environment.

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  • Many towns, states are countries are banning everything from plastic bags, plastic straws, checkout bags, and food plastic containers. A lot of food and beverage companies have made a switch to non-plastic items.
  • Plastic that is single-use/disposable is being banned across the world, and many restaurants and cafes have compostable alternatives and are also adding a small charge to the customers' bill. 

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Plastic To-Go Containers Are Bad, but Are the Alternatives Any Better? | Civil Eats

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Plastics: A Primer
  • Plastics are so common now that we cannot imagine life without them.
  • The first use of plastics can be seen by the Olmecs in Mexico, playing a rubber ball in 1500 BCE.
  • Polymers, the main component of all plastics, are made of carbon by a process of replicating the extremely long molecule by reacting it to itself.

Natural polymers are also made of other components like rubber, silicone and even DNA.

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A brief history of plastics, natural and synthetic

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Carbon Footprints

A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions that come from the production, use, and end-of-life of a product or service. It includes carbon dioxide — the gas most commonly emitted by humans.

Usually, the bulk of an individual’s carbon footprint will come from transportation, housing and food. 

There are simple choices you can make in your day-to-day life to lessen your personal impact on the environment.

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How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint - A Year of Living Better Guides

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