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Now that ‘Single-Use’ plastics are being rejected here’s what you can use as alternatives

Plastic has become one of the biggest environmental problems of our time. We produce nearly 300 million tons of plastic waste each year – and an estimated 8 million tons of that ends up in the oceans. Studies show that the consequences of plastic use on Earth and humans are becoming a serious threat. The poisonous substances in plastic are eaten by animals regularly or burned because of a lack of trash handling. Plastic will finally influence the human’s health by air, water, or food. So, besides the fact that plastic disintegrates extremely slow, we also spread it everywhere and it becomes a real issue. Plastic Products can be replaced by bamboo products. We can use Bamboo straws instead of plastic straws. Bamboo straws are lightweight, durable, and biodegradable. You can use it as long as you want. Bamboo has an antibacterial and anti fungal quality which makes it perfect for drinks and healthy mouth hygiene. Plastics straws just jam landfills and harm the planet’s marine life.It can take hundreds of years for a plastic straw to disintegrate. It does not biodegrade. It photo degrades into smaller bits. These tiny bits will be consumed by aquatic and land animals. And sadly, it will sometimes enter our food chain. Most bamboo cutlery sets contain a knife, spoon, and fork. Others come with a bamboo straw and chopsticks. They are great for everyday use. It is a classic, Eco-friendly alternative to single-use cutlery. They will decompose naturally. This wood-like material will simply convert into nutrient-rich soil and will help other plants to develop. The bamboo cutlery can be carried around in a cute pouch to keep it clean or separate from other things in your bag. They also look more stylish than plastic. Cotton buds are one of the top ten most polluting plastics on our oceans. Not just in our bodies of water. Birds may accidentally swallow these buds causing them punctured stomach. These plastic buds are non-biodegradable just like any other plastics. These plastic buds can be replaced by Mimikaki, a bamboo stick, on which you can attach a cotton ball. This way you can just dispose of the cotton but reuse the bamboo stick. A bamboo mimikaki contains antimicrobial properties. Bamboo doesn’t use fertilizers and pesticides when grown. It also has a low carbon footprint. Plastic straws, plates and cutlery are convenient and cheap, but they are not the only option. Be Eco-friendly and avoid using plastic.

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