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Compostables and Biodegradables

Compostables and Biodegradables

You can be assured that compostables and biodegradables are now the in thing. You can buy compostable bin liners,coffee pods and coffee cups.This post contains affiliate links

It’s possible to revert to the past a little and wrap school lunches in grease proof paper and place in a paper bag…or these cute little ones from Amazon. 

Stainless Steel Containers

Because children like to eat fresh sandwiches and lunches, you can place them in a stainless steel container. 

Stainless steel is convenient, and hygienic and most of all smells as fresh as the food inside it.

You can read a study by US academicians. We have produced more than eight billion tonnes of plastic in the last seven decades. And most of that has ended up in landfills or in the seas.

Plastic takes thousands of years to disintegrate

The discarded plastic will take thousands of years to disintegrate. The study shows that the plastic waste in our water, bodies, and soil are a “near permanent contamination of the natural environment”.

Because plastic does not remain there and as it breaks up, it creates microplastics, pieces that are smaller than five mm in size. You want to help marine, animal and human, therefore it is in your best interests to favour natural products.

A study by Orb Media, a non-profit and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, says that microscopic plastic fibres are found in taps, from United States to India. More than 80 percent of the tap water samples the researchers collected from five continents had plastic.

Our clothes are woven from artificial yarn

The fibres come not just from the plastic waste that is breaking down in the water bodies. But it’s also released in the effluents from washing machines used to wash clothes woven from artificial yarn. The impact of these contaminants on health is not known.

One of the principal examples of contaminants of emerging concern which are being discovered in fresh waters throughout Europe are endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs).

EDCs are substances that may interfere with the endocrine system and are found in a wide range of products used in everyday life. Recently, there has been growing interest among the scientific community in testing and learning the potential risk ECDs may pose to freshwater ecosystems.

The most highly produced synthetic chemicals in the world with endocrine-disrupting effects are bisphenol A (BPA) used in the production of polycarbonate plastics or epoxy resins, and benzotriazole (BTA) used as a corrosion inhibitor.

We have got to protect all life on this planet

Protecting our loved ones
Protecting our loved ones

We have got to protect all life on this planet including plant and animals as well as us humans, otherwise our health issues are going to increase even more. You can see a range of glass baby bottles here.

And you can take listen to what Dr. Vikki Petersen has to tell you about plastic and your health.

Dr.Vikki Petersen DC,CCN,CFMP and many other medical doctors and scientists can’t be wrong!

Living Healthy in a Toxic World 

I know I’m repeating myself here but I really feel it’s so important for us. You and I can take heed of what’s happening to our world and the impact on our young.

And you need to make some changes is not difficult to do. Hopefully it’s not too late if you replace plastics with other healthier containers and for starters if you…

drink from glass bottles. And glass containers, look so much nicer than plastic. You can now buy bowls and cutlery, made from Bamboo…

You can drink tap water is apparently healthier, from a glass bottle. You can use glass feeding bottles for babies, like your grandmother used. And cloth nappies instead of disposable ones, another big cause of pollution, especially when flushed down the toilet.

“War on Garbage” in Japan

Japan passed a law in 1995 for the Collection, Sorting and Packaging Containers to drive all municipalities to collect  recyclable resources. Long before the era of mass production, for example in the Edo Period (1603-1868) the Japanese were very good at recycling much of their garbage.

In fact in 1900 the government made a Waste Disposal Law, after which Tokyo’s first garbage incinerator was set up in Osaki in 1924.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Then in the year 2,000 the Clean Authority of Tokyo 23 (CAT23), which was established by Tokyo’s 23 central wards. Around 1973 Tokyo Gov. Ryokichi Minobe declared a “war on garbage”. And so began the landfill construction of the Central Breakwater to relieve the enormous waste caused by the high economic growth of the postwar era.

The Japanese have been filling in the sea with trash since the 1920s and now have 3 large dumps.An elaborately engineered process turns garbage into land and Tokyo manages to stay remarkably clean despite it’s huge population.

The air is breathable due in large part to how the city handles and burns its garbage.

They now manage a sophisticated and structured system like no other country. All households are expected to sort and separate their garbage and most households everywhere now do the same. But the Japanese have it down to a fine art including offices, supermarkets, train stations and other facilities throughout the capital.

The ‘3R’ Strategy

You have to wonder about how safe is burying all this plastic garbage etc. at sea, and particularly because recycling is a massive industry in Tokyo. But the good news is that Japan and China are a great example, in doing something about the waste.

“In a recent study of remote, uninhabited Henderson Island in the South Pacific, researchers from Britain and Australia found that Japan and China were leading countries of origin for the 17 tons of plastic waste that has floated there”. And that’s very good news.

You can do what many are doing now and start using glass, stainless steel, and Bamboo. Moreover, there are so many natural fabrics and materials already existing in our world. You have to make a conscious decision to find and use them.

Protecting all living creatures
Protecting all living creatures

Kay Collier, EzineArticles Basic PLUS Author














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