Many times, we pride ourselves on a new innovation to make our lives easier, but soon after we discover that it caused more harm than good for the environment.
For instance, something as indispensable as a plastic wrap. Be it keeping your veggies crisp or your lunch fresh, this little roll of plastic simple seems to make every kitchen’s life easier. Our mothers breathed a sigh of relief when they discovered that they could do away with half the cloth wraps in their kitchen that required washing and bleaching. Suddenly they discovered an easy substitute to wrap your sandwich with, to roll their herbs in and or simply use it to cover their dishes instead of a lid. Little did we know at that point how this convenience could end up snowballing into a hazard that becomes more and more difficult to tackle over the years.
Although the cheap wrap is portable and keeps food fresh for longer, there are innumerable disadvantages of using it. Plastic wrap is a culprit to being a larger portion of the plastic pollution crises. Difficult to recycle and made from potentially harmful chemicals when they break down in the environment, the plastic wrap is fast turning into more of a nightmare and less of a convenience.
The original plastic wrap that was invented was PVdC. Plastic wrap is commonly made out of PVC (Polyvinylidene Chloride). Specialized equipment is required to recycle thin and flimsy plastic with which they are susceptible to clogging the machines. Also, when the plastic wrap is recycled, the end result is costlier than using virgin materials. Both PVC and PVDC release a highly toxic chemical called dioxin, according to the World Health Organization.
Plastic litter often makes its way to the furthest reaches of the planet, where it threatens human, avian, and marine life. All the plastic floating around the oceans is extremely harmful to animals. It’s alarming to find innumerable dead birds and marine creatures with stomachs full of plastics or wrapped around their bodies.
The severe impacts of plastic on the environment are not limited to ocean pollution. An estimated one-third of all discarded plastic ends up in the soil or in freshwater. Once in the soil and waterways, degrading plastics absorb toxic chemicals eventually making their way through the food chain and into humans through the consumption of seafood.
Food packaging waste that isn’t recycled or composted is normally landfilled or incinerated. While both options have benefits for waste management, they both produce air emissions, including greenhouse gases.
Looking at all the hazards that the seemingly convenient plastic wrap poses, it seems only logical to resort to using environment-friendly products that are natural. For instance, Abeego’s Beeswax wraps at Circle Shop. Made from all-natural products. It is completely reusable and compostable. It is available in different sizes and can be used for wrapping most of the food that you would use a plastic wrap to keep them fresh in with quite the same results.
It’s time to make sensible choices over the rash ones to keep our planet safe for our future generations. Think about it.