A study published in 2018 on the journal Science Advances found that half of all the plastic produced becomes garbage in less than a year. The recycling rate of the United States has been only 9% since 2012, but this aspect must be sensitized all over the world: that's why it is important to recycle, using separate collection, starting from our homes, indeed, from our kitchens.
Packaged meals, in cardboard or plastic, are loaded with preservatives and are not good for health. Cook your meals and avoid unnecessary processing and packaging. You can also cook and freeze it, and then use it later. Plastic food containers deform and discolour over time or, worse still, they can release harmful chemicals onto food.
Do not use plastic straws and, if you can, nourish stainless steel bottles for the whole family to avoid using disposable ones. There are a variety of washable and durable cloth bags that you can buy in place of Ziploc bags.
And you don't need cling film or aluminum foil. Buy reusable bottles and make your own hand soap and various cleaning items. Baking soda and white vinegar are natural cleaners with infinite uses. Most of the plastic comes from packaging.
Buy in bulk to avoid this problem and use washable mesh bags for products and small muslin bags for loose items. You always need a small compost basket in the kitchen. Compostable items include coffee grounds, tea bags, flower stems, fruit and vegetable peels, egg shells and cooked foods without milk or meat.
Do not compost meat, fish, dairy products, oils or butter. Call your local community's vegetable garden to see if they will accept compost donations. Plastic food containers deform and discolour over time or, worse still, they can release harmful chemicals onto food.
And they inevitably end up in a landfill. Invest in glass containers. We recall that by 2050, there will be up to 12 billion tons of plastic waste in landfills, and the oceans have also borne the brunt of our waste. Scientists predict that by 2050 our seas will contain more plastic waste than fish by weight and that therefore, life will be less than waste.
So far we have created 8.3 billion tons of plastic, with the majority 6.3 billion tons, now placed in landfills, where they will remain for the next 400 years before it degrades. North Americans waste about a pound of food per person per day, or 25% of what they buy. About 4.2 trillion liters of water are used to produce all that uneaten food.