8 Tips for a Plastic Free Lifestyle

8 tips for a plastic free lifestyle

8 Tips for a Plastic Free Lifestyle 1

Plastic is one of most used products everyday. It became an industry favorite since the 50ies as it is cheap to produce and can be molded into different forms. The main problem of plastic for the environment is that less than 10% gets recycled. The rest is thrown away. According to The Independent: "…more than eight million tonnes going into the oceans every year, it is estimated there will be more plastic than fish by 2050 and 99 per cent of all the seabirds on the planet will have consumed some. It is thought the sea now contains some 51 trillion microplastic particles — 500 times more than stars in our galaxy…."So it is finally time to adapt to a more eco friendly lifestyle and become plastic free in some parts of our lives. We show you how you can easily contribute towards the environment with these 8 simple tips:No plastic strawsIt is only the tip of the iceberg but it is a fact, that in most of the cases plastic straws are used once and then thrown away. So next time you are at a restaurant or in a bar say no to the straw.Reusable bagsInstead of getting a plastic bag everytime when you go shopping, take a stylish resuable bag with you. They are foldable and fit perfectly in all of your favorite bags. Check out our blog posts about 4 stylish tote bag brands you need in your life.Buy Glass instead of plasticSounds easy right? Sometimes it might be harder though. However, whenever you go shopping make sure you buy most of the products in glass containers rather than plastic ones or cans as hot dogs, pickles, tomatoe sauces, water, soft drinks etc.Chewing GumYou might wonder why we mention this here. Yes, of course chewing gum usally comes in plastic packaging. However, did you actually know that chewing gum consists mainly out of plastic ingredients? It is possible to recycle the gum, however you are actually chewing plastic which might cause health issues in the long run. Therefore rather just skip it or choose a natural alternative.No plastic bottlesThis is tricky but possible. From now on when you go to the supermarket check if you can buy your drinks in glass bottles instead. If not you could filter your tab water and drink it and save money in the long run. In most of the countries this is no problem. When you go to the gym or on a trip use a refillable bottle instead a plastic one.Use matchesYou might wonder why we mention it here, but most of the lighters used are usally made out of plastic. So better being old school with matches instead. Use tupperware and lunch boxesInstead of ordering in or buying pre-packed lunch food start to prepare your own lunches. It will save you money, will be healthier and you can avoid plastic waste by using stylish lunchboxes.Reusable coffeecupsYou love to drink coffee but most times you do it on the go? Remember all the coffee cups you used and then threw away? You can save the environment by taking your own coffee cup with you. Read our blog post about 7 stylish reusable coffee cups and you wo not want to live without them anymore.Ice CubesNo worries, we wo not tell you to avoid ice cubes but how do you actually make them? If you use plastic ice cube foil or plastic ice cube trays it is time to swap them to stainless steel ones. It is that easy!You like what you are reading? Then feel free to leave a clap and share it with your friends. You can also follows us on Instagram and Facebook

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Main Reasons & Causes of Plastic Pollution

The overuse of plastic due to its cheaper quality is one of the major reasons for plastic pollution. Most of the plastic items are single used plastic products such as plastic bottles, carry bags, disposable plates & glasses, packaging items, etc. This single-use plastic only increases the count of plastic waste, causing harmful effects to humanity, animals, and the environment as well. The use of single-use plastic may minimize our efforts but, unfortunately increasing the risk factor a lot by causing plastic pollution.

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Illegal Plastic Waste Processing
Illegal plastic waste processingIn the months following China's January 2018 banning of nearly all plastic waste imports, around 40 factories sprung up around Jenjoram to take up some of the business. Often hidden in the local palm oil plantations, 90 percent had no permits, as Malaysia suddenly became one of the world's biggest plastic importers. In many cases, existing Chinese waste processing businesses relocated to Jenjarom, attracted by its proximity to Port Klang - Malaysia's largest port and the entry point for most of its plastic imports - together with the cultural fit of the town's Chinese business population, and allegedly corruptible officials. Unrecyclable plastics should be sent to waste centres but Jenjarom's illegal operations simply burned them, releasing poisonous and carcinogenic fumes into the atmosphere, causing respiratory complaints and skin rashes among local people. Several local fish and prawn business lost all their stock, apparently due to toxic wastewater from the factories. When 33 of the plants were closed down, more than 17,000 tonnes of the waste was left behind as an unresolved problem for authorities. Most of the operations quickly reopened nearby.— — — — — —Waste Processing FacilitiesThe first municipal waste processing plant in Kazakhstan was opened in December 2007 in Almaty with support of local akimat. Vtorma-Ecology Plant covered 90% of the city's utilization of municipal solid waste (MSW). At that time Almaty accumulated about 600 tons of garbage per year. During 4.5-5 years, the company was to pay back $28 million investments and reach cost recovery by producing secondary materials - PET flex, plastic pellets, paper, ferrous and non-ferrous metals. But to the economic crisis the price of recyclables has fallen in 1,5-3 times, and the plant was not able to cover its costs and pay the loan, issued by "KazKom Bank". In October 2010 the plant was mothballed, criminal case of non-payment the wages was opened on Rustem Parmanbekov, director of the plant, and environmental prosecutor's office estimated the environmental damage in the amount of 7 million tenge. In September 2012 Agency for Construction, Housing and Utilities of RK has presented the Program of construction of 41 waste processing plants around Kazakhstan within 10-15 years. Particularly, the Agency plans to open 10 plants until 2015. As the Agency informs, the pilot projects will be launched in Aktobe, Atyrau, Karaganda, Abai, Saran, Shakhtinsk, Kostanay, Pavlodar, Taldykorgan, Taraz, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kokshetau, etc. These efforts will allow developing specific mechanisms of solid waste management in Kazakhstan and providing investors with one more sphere for investments. First of the objects within the Program is Astana Waste Processing Plant, which was planned to open in October 2012 and cover all city needs in MSW utilization, with its productivity of 400,000 tons per year. The opening ceremony was held on December 24, 2012. This is the second waste processing plant in Kazakhstan after Almaty plant. The Astana plant was built on basis of Spanish technology. As regards to Almaty Plant, which is still not operating, the Agency claims that owners have to deal with their economic problems themselves. The Program also covers Shymkent city, which has a dramatic situation with spontaneously growing dump close to residential areas of the city. For residents of these neighborhoods proximity to the dump has turned into serious health problems. Due to constant acrid smoke and smell of burning people get such diseases as asthma, bronchitis etc. The plant in Shymkent was planned to be built in 2007: "Construction is scheduled to start next spring and finish by fall," - declared the subcontractor in January 2007. But the choice of the landfill and other issues took more time than planned. Only in December 2009 an investment agreement with Shymkent Akimat was signed and area for polygon and plant was defined. In Fall 2011 it was again announced that construction of the plant begins. Municipal budget allocated 430 million tenge for the necessary infrastructure needs. Until the end of the year builders acquired approximately 20 million tenge. But in April 2012, Akimat refused to continue funding the project. For the moment the project is still frozen. Operation of the plant is now under threat due to insufficient funds for restoration and permanent increase of the area of garbage dump. The Agency for Construction, Housing and Utilities of RK has also named the city of Pavlodar among the first cities, where the plants will be built until 2015. For the moment, Pavlodar Akimat has announced that they have already chosen the place of 100 hectares for the construction of polygon. Work is expected to deploy on the existing city dump. Another plant is planned to be constructed in Karaganda. By today, "Taza Dala" company was founded to manage this project, places for construction and polygon have been chosen. Now there are negotiations being held with several banks to participate in the project. Finally, in December 2012 it was announced that the modern MSW processing plant will be built in Aktau with support of EBRD: 2.4 billion tenge (€12.7 million equivalent) loan to State Communal Enterprise Koktem, Aktau's waste management company, will co-finance the new integrated mechanical-biological treatment facility and a new sanitary landfill. The project will be co-financed by the Clean Technology Fund which is providing an US$8 million loan. The project will also be supported by a capital grant from the state budget. The Korean Donor Fund provided nearly €300,000 and the EBRDShareholder Special Fund is providing grants of nearly €800,000 for project management, design, engineering, training, operational improvements and other associated spending.
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