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Disposable products: A large source of pollution

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Have you thought about where plastic plates, cups and cutlery go? Disposable products are one of the major sources of environmental pollution, especially for the seas, and today we would like to speak about that.

Disposable products do not start on a good foot, since tons of oil or paper are needed to produce them. But the most alarming thing about this type of product is the pollution caused after using them.

As their very name says, they are “disposable”, in other words, the idea is that they are never going to be reused. And that is not a good base when you want to protect the environment.

When we use this type of products we do so in large celebrations so we do not need to wash as many plates, cups, etc. In other words, we also use a large amount. And as is logical, if we do not want to wash we throw out the plates with remains of food, which means they are practically impossible to recycle.

But within the group of disposable products, there are a few which are the worst offenders for pollution. These are foam or polystyrene containers, which are usually used for fast food or to package meat in supermarkets. Not only is polystyrene not recyclable, but it never biodegrades. And where does this type of container go? Well, unfortunately what happens with them is that they are broken into small pieces, and they often reach the sea, irreversibly polluting it.

How can we fight against the pollution caused by disposable products?

The best decision you can make is not to use them. Especially plates, cutlery and plastic knives, since this is what we have most control over. During your next barbecue or family celebration remember that these products are very harmful for nature and, although it might take a bit of extra effort, use traditional plates.

And if we think more globally, we want to encourage the companies that manufacture this type of products to look for other alternatives to these materials or, at least, incorporate ecological materials such as recycled paper in their production processes.

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