Plastic has become a chief ingredient of almost all daily objects that we use. In fact, it is one of the major reasons behind the ever-increasing solid waste on the planet since it is non-biodegradable. Not only this, this harmful man made polymer has entered various food chains causing damage to both, animals and human beings. Although plastic has become deeply incorporated into our lives there are, still, alternatives that are eco-friendly and safe. Here are five of them.
Glass was once the most common material used for making bottles and cans and which has now been taken over by plastic. However, there are many advantages of preferring glass made objects over plastics one. First, glass is microwave safe, second unlike plastic is isn’t derived from fossil fuels as it is made from sand and third it can be both reused and recycled easily. But, most importantly glass does not leach harmful chemicals into your food which would otherwise make you unhealthy and ill.
Reusable Shopping Bags
Plastic carry bags and shopping bags are omnipresent and can be found in all stores. A very small number of these bags is recycled whereas majority of them end up their life inside a land fill and the remaining still, inside the ocean. Thus, they pollute our land and water affecting thousands of animal and plant species every year. Using reusable grocery bags, woven plastic fiber, hemp, cotton and leather is the best way to decrease the use of plastics. This would prevent plastics from accumulating.
Milk is the most precious gift of God to mankind and research shows that the milk protein can be used to produce a kind of biodegradable plastic which can be used in furniture cushions, insulation, packaging and other products. This could be done if casein, the milk protein is converted into a material that has the rigidity and compressibility of polystyrene. This milk made plastic is less susceptible to cracking and contains glyceraldehydes instead of formaldehyde.
Chicken feathers are yet another form of pollution, would soon be put to use to create a waterproof thermoplastic. The protein, keratin found on these feathers can add strength and longevity to plastics. This sustainable plastic is sturdier and less susceptible to tearing as compared to the conventional plastic and it is fully biodegradable.
Liquid wool is the latest bioplastic which resembles plastic in all ways but is biodegradable and made from lignin. Lignin is obtained from wood pulp and hence the liquid wool is obtained from a renewable resource. Lignin is combined with the byproducts of paper mills and water and the mixture is heated to create a moldable plastic, which is strong and non-toxic. This can be used in making toys, golf tees and good quality speaker boxes.
Plastic is a major cause of great damage to the ecosystem of our Planet and this is a good way to do our bit in keeping the planet clean and green by using this environment friendly alternatives for plastic.