Although there seems to be tons of reasons to NOT use plastic, plastic is still all around. There is production because there is demand. Why is plastic still so popular? Why is it still used on massive scale? Here are 5 very common reasons + 5 reasons to reconsider those.
1. It gets recycled
Let’s put it in other words: plastic gets down-cycled. It’s second life has less quality which limits their capacity for new use. Once produced, plastic will be on our planet forever more. That’s why nowadays there is an overdose of plastic, polluting the seas, ruining landscapes and killing in animal kingdom.
2. Everything is packed in plastic
That is why our shopping lists should simply be adjusted. Instead of precut veggies, get the fresh ones. Hunt for bulk shopping spots such as markets and local grocers (and download the BULK app). Beneficial for the environment, your belly and your budget too!
3. It’s cheap
True! Plastic is dirt cheap. Though, mother Nature pays the price. Besides, plastic lives a short life. Replacement is required after a while and on the longterm adds to the bill. Sustainable materials such as stainless steel or bamboo won’t let you down and stay on your side for a significant period of time.
4. Hygiene is high priority
Hygiene is all about health and plastic is absolutely not. Chemicals of all kinds, come together in the production process to create any shape wished for. Packing your delicious pre-made lunch in a piece of cling wrap might add some nasty ingredients to your meal. Go with glass jars: cute and clean! Stainless steel containers are another great alternative.
5. Convenience and comfort
Let’s be honest, plastic is not convenience nor comfortable. Plastic bags break, synthetic shoes smell funny, cups crumble when hot coffee is poured in: plastic brings trouble. Be prepared, bring canvas bags, an unbreakable bottle etcetera for high class comfort.