Why We Need Alternatives To Plastic According to a report by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, nearly 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated every day in India. On an average, only 9,000 tonnes gets collected and processed for recycling.
Verdict looks at some of the alternatives out there. Edible cutlery. Currently, about 40bn plastic utensils are used just within the US within a year. Worldwide, this figure is 16 times more at 640bn.
In any case, all the alternatives to plastic bags come with questions about their environmental impact. Making paper bags uses four times as much energy, creates 50 times more water pollution and.
Plastic bags end up doing less damage than other alternatives and the benefits that the bags offer far outweigh their cost (Myers, 2012). Independent studies also show that plastic bags are environmentally preferable to paper because plastic bags have a lighter environmental footprint (Gunther, 2011).
Plastic packaging, as we now all know, is problematic. Yes, it’s super useful for keeping products fresh and insulated. But its utility is offset by its impacts: overflowing landfills, ocean waste, microplastic pollution, and so on.So is it time to start considering alternatives?
But there are alternatives to plastic that are just as good if not better! For packing food you can use Tupperware, or if you think that could be lost or broken, use parchment paper. For bringing groceries in or carrying lunch, use reusable bags-they last longer and are more durable than plastic bags, and many grocery stores give you a discount for bringing your own bags.
As a matter of fact, plastic was nowhere to be seen. Therefore, if our parents and grandparents could exist without plastic, so can we. Here’s a list of products that contain plastic and their plastic alternatives: BATHROOM 1. Cotton Buds. Walk down any beach and you will see hundreds of little plastic sticks littering the shores.
Not all plastic alternatives are created equally, and it's often confusing to draw distinctions. But as plastic pollution becomes a growing problem for the planet, it’s important to pursue sustainability at every opportunity. You can join us in taking action on this issue here.