The new year has now properly kickstarted and hopefully you are still keeping some of your resolutions..
If one of them was to do more sustainable, or maybe take one step to sustainability, you have perhaps started to recycle more. Maybe you have just started recycling. And maybe you are navigating the complexity of recycling - what exactly goes where? How does one cope with so many different bins in the kitchen? How do you convince the other family members?
All valid questions, as, admittedly, they do make it difficult for us!
But here is a little piece of advice, and one I myself live by - i would always always under all circumstances (even try when I am travelling or away from home..) - ALWAYS RECYCLE PLASTIC!
Plastic is a big problem, for oceans (read more here), for us humans (babies are in particular susceptibles) and generally the planet, as it continue to degrade in smaller and smaller forms (and we also consume it already in its micro-forms), so what's out there is not just what we see...
While I have tried to completely eliminate it from my life (see the plastic challenge post and update), and the UK is thinking to open "plastic free" supermarket aisles, I have not been entirely successful, and I believe some plastic will eventually end up in your house, whether you search for it or not, so in this post I suggested some ways to do at home recycling...
Moreover, when thinking about recycling of this man-made materials, I am not simply thinking of environmental health but also human health and overall planet health. Because, ever wondered what happened to waste once it leaves your house?
To keep it short, some will end up in landfills while other regions prefer to 'get rid of it' by burning it (I know that it is an oversimplification and there are other ways too, but I believe these are the two most common) - and yes, you guess, neither will fully 'get rid' of it. Waste materials and chemicals will enter water sources and pollute the air. And these chemicals soon 'enter' the environment. Most are persistent organic pollutant which are fat soluble, and will enter the food chain, some accumulating as they go up the chain getting passed along... all the way to us! Think of it next time you drink a cup of full fat milk, eat your favourite cheese, a pork chop, a nice cut of fatty meat, some salmon (all examples of 'fatty foods' where these chemicals are likely to be..
And if you say "okay I will go veggie then", then you are still not safe, and even condiments such as salt (sea-salt in particular) will contain some...
Effects of pollutants range from increase in cancer risk, infertility, other hormonal diseases and I am sure plenty more... Convinced, yet?
Read more here
By any means, if you are happy enough to recycle all materials recyclables - kudu to you! I will try get more efficient with it myself...
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