Three eco-things that have nothing to do with ecology
In Wear a personal contribution to environmental protection – this is cool. But even better to do it consciously and fail to be kept on fashion trend. We are promoting the most popular eco-myths.
All our eco-feats begin with paper bags. Fill in to the top a couple of such packages in the supermarket, we proudly walk home with a victorious facial expression, while speaking at the same time throwing views, full of scuffers: «Ah, poor, still continue to clog the plastic planet».
In fact, it is worth digging deeper and it turns out that the problem is not so unequivocal, and we are not at all with their paper packages «Winners in Life». The Greenpese website in Russia leads such data: «In the production of paper packets into the atmosphere, 70% more harmful substances are discharged, the discharges in the reservoirs are increased 50 times, and the carbon trail of the paper package is three times more than plastic». The pulp industry in principle is considered one of the most toxic, and energy for the production of such a package is required at times more.
Recall that all this is done so that you can get a thing that you will most likely use once in my life. And after the package will go back to recycling. And so indefinitely. In this case, the plastic seems even a more rational solution, as it can be used far from once, and energy consumption for its production is significantly less.
Online publication on the eco-friendly lifestyle Recycle held a mini-study on the topic of damage to paper and plastic bags, reinforcing his opinion of several specialists. Verdict is the same: paper bags – This is not a panacea, they decompose, but never unclear, from which wood they were made and how many waste came into the environment at the time of their production.
Good alternative – Paper bags that produce from recycling or ordinary listings that you will always use.
And once again by. So that the glass was waterproof, not enough single cardboard – Its necessary to be coated with polystyrene film or LDPE (low density polyethylene). After that, it is impossible to recycle again to recycle the paper cup, since the companies responsible for recycling will need to be separated by paper from a polystyrene film or polyethylene, and it is extremely difficult to do this.
Separate category of disposable dishes – Cups with biodegradable film. But their disposal is possible only in special compost pits, in which he may never get, – As a rule, all paper cups turn out to be in landfills.
Another not the most eco-friendly moment – since in place of the seam paper comes into contact with the drink, the cup can be performed only from the primary cellulose, and not recycling. Such statistics such – For production from 1.5 to 3 thousand cups it is necessary to cut one tree. And one coffee shop consumes such a number of dishes for about a month.
Instead of paper cups, use reusable thermocrubs. In them, most coffee shops willingly pour drinks to Go, and also make discounts for supporting the MY CUP initiative, Please .
One of the biggest controversial moments. Natural fabrics are much more pleasant in the sock and decompose well after use. If it were not for one thing: to produce synthetic fabrics easier and ecologically. For cultivation of cotton and flax, the soil makes pesticides, they, in turn, pollute groundwater and rivers.
The production of natural tissues is spent a huge amount of water, electricity and fuel.
Even the most harmless thing – organic cotton bag – causes tangible harm to the environment. Danish eco-activists considered that in order to make harm from the production of one bag, it should be used 20,000 times, and this is about 138 years of shopping hikes.
Refusal from natural tissues exclusively in favor of synthetic – Also not exit. As we have already spoken, synthetic decomposes much worse, and microscopic plastic fibers fall into the environment in the environment. It is precisely the impressive part of the entire plastic garbage.
In this case, conscious consumption is well working when you do not buy new things too often and without much sense, as well as pass them for processing. Now it can be done even in large retailer like Uniqlo and H&M. At the moment, only 15% of textiles is processed in the world – Such data leads the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In our power, these indicators change.