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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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.
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.
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.
If recycling plastic is a headache, one can avoid plastics altogether by using glass, cloth, cardboard and ceramics.
Natural polymers are also made of other components like rubber, silicone and even DNA.
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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