Plastic is one of the most polluted materials on the planet and it is also one of the most common materials in our daily life.
In fact, among the many materials thrown into the trash every day, plastic is undoubtedly one of the materials that have the greatest negative impact due to the enormous difficulties encountered in the disposal and recycling process.
The impact of single-use plastics on our planet
Plastic is not easy to recycle (it can only be transformed into a more modest quality of plastic which itself can no longer be). Imagine that only 6.6% of the plastic bottles currently in circulation on the world market are made from recycled plastic (source: Greenpeace).
It is no coincidence that plastic is the main component of the garbage vortex (known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch). Today, the garbage vortex has invaded several places in the Pacific Ocean, becoming huge, outnumbering the plankton itself. Plastic waste has invaded rivers and oceans, deposited everywhere: on beaches and coasts, in fields and roads.
80% of ocean pollution comes from plastic and the absurd way we use it. And don't forget that oil, which is used to make the same plastic, also pollutes our oceans.
EU directive on single-use plastics
The battle against pollution led to the union of national forces, consolidating an important lever: the clear choice of European Union countries to ban and replace disposable plastic products.
The Council of the European Union has passed a law proposed by the European Parliament to ban the sale of certain single-use plastic products from 2021, such as picnic tableware, disposable straws, cotton swabs and balloon sticks.
The directive also set a target of 90% recycling rate for plastic bottles by 2019 through the introduction of a bail system, similar to the planned glass bail system.
What can we do?
39% of plastic is used for packaging,of which 64% is produced by domestic consumption, further confirmation of how much the problem also depends on the behavior of each in the daily routine.
Attention to the environment and the dream of a cleaner world are issues on everyone's lips. But, in addition to talking about it, it is even more important to act and do it as soon as possible. Each day we can choose to make our contribution to the salvation of this planet with our actions.
Therefore, if you care about the planet and your own health and that of others, limiting the production of this product is a duty. Plastic is the major element present in the accumulation of garbage in oceans, seas and rivers.
Adopting some practices can really make a difference in the world, helping to safeguard precious resources for the planet and ensuring a cleaner future for our children and grandchildren. Nowadays the alternatives to this material are many.
Enzers' mission is to offer eco-sustainable solutions to combat such waste, and today we want to give you 5 simple but effective ways to reduce the use of plastic with small daily actions.
How to reduce plastic waste
1. Avoid water in plastic bottles
Use domestic carbonators or drink the water distributed in the houses in the area: in this way you avoid carrying weight, eliminating plastic bottles and CO2 emissions produced for transport.
In addition, just bring an aluminum bottle with you, which can be reused indefinitely, and fill them with the natural or sparkling version.
2. Embrace the concept of refilll”
Most of the plastic waste comes from packaging. In household detergents, for example, up to 40% of the purchased value is made up of the packaging and transport of water, which we all already have at home.
Enzers detergent tablets, Are an excellent alternative solution to reduce waste and save money. They are also free of toxic and vegan substances.
3. Prefer objects in natural or compostable material
Many of the everyday items are short-lived and are made of plastic. Toothbrushes, for example, must be changed every 3 months and are made of non-recycled and non-recyclable plastic and have a head made of nylon bristles with a high environmental impact.
Toothbrushes made of bamboo and natural fibers are starting to be quite widespread on the market. Household cleaning sponges and cloths are also readily available in natural materials.
4. Buy without packaging
For several years, detergents can also be found on tap in large retailers. You buy the bottle for the first time, and then refill it on subsequent purchases paying only the content, as with oursComplete Kit - Sustainable Cleaning.
But bulk food stores are also spreading, where you can buy the exact amount you want (without waste) and use your glass jars to take home and store what you buy. Practical, economical and eco-sustainable!
5. Eliminate disposable products
Disposable plastic tableware, plates, glasses and cutlery are another example of objects with a high ecological impact that can be replaced with the alternative in recycled paper, bamboo or other compostable material.e.
The concept of disposable underlies the environmental disaster caused by plastic. Using water bottles, ceramic plates, metal cutlery, glass glasses, eliminating disposable material on all occasions, can make a clear difference in the waste of household plastic.
Try even just 1 of these tips, the amount of plastic that will be removed will surprise you.