In our daily life we often use items that have a strong negative impact on the environment, but of which we are not aware as we are unaware.Are you curious to find out what they are?
Coffee machines in the home or workplace have become increasingly popular because of how convenient and mess free they are. However, the pods used in these coffee machines are actually terrible for the environment. Only in the UK more than 700 million pods are used every year, almost all of these are sent straight to a landfill. Usually made from plastic or aluminium, the process of recycling is tricky and so most people don’t bother!
This is one that may shock all our British readers! Tea bags are actually made up of 25% plastic (this varies dependent on the manufacturer). This makes these tea bags non-biodegradable therefore becoming a major source of pollution in landfills.
From single use cutlery to drinks bottles, bags and food wrapping, plastic is everywhere. And, unless it’s been burned, every piece ever made still exists somewhere on our planet – meaning that up to 12.7 million tonnes of the stuff ends up in the ocean every year. It’s difficult to eschew all plastic given that so much food comes packaged in it, but small changes such as bringing your own bags to the supermarket, or shopping at local farm shops could make a big difference.
Your toothbrush is a bigger problem than you might think, a plastic toothbrush can take up to 400 years to decompose. There’s 7 billion people in the world, all replacing their toothbrush every 3 to 4 months… you do the math.
It has been said that plastic razors are the new plastic straw…
Cheaply made, most razors are intended for single use – this leads to a multitude of problems. Difficult to recycle, most disposable razors end up in landfills with no attempt to reduce their environmental impact.These are just a handful of everyday household items that are having more of a negative impact on the environment than a lot of people realise.
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