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Substitutos ecologicamente corretos para 50 itens de plástico

28/03/2019 | Napa Valley Register

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Cerca de 300 milhões de toneladas de plástico são produzidas a cada ano. Quase metade disso é usado em embalagens de uso único, como embalagens de plástico para alimentos, recipientes para itens de higiene pessoal, garrafas para produtos de limpeza e outras compras diárias - incluindo os sacos plásticos. Pior, apenas cerca de 9% de todo o plástico criado foi reciclado.  A maioria dos consumidores globais está disposta a pagar mais por produtos sustentáveis, o que inspirou milhares de empresas a buscar alternativas para itens plásticos, desde produtos de higiene pessoal e itens de cozinha até equipamentos de escritório e roupas sustentáveis. Veja a seguir alguns produtos que podem substituir o plástico, como:

  • Canudinhos de aço inoxidável
  • Recipientes de aço inoxidável para sobras de comida
  • Copos de café reutilizáveis de aço inoxidável
  • Bandeja de aço inoxidável para cubos de gelo 
  • Contêiner de aço inoxidável para alimentos

Life Without Plastic stainless steel straws $19.95 for four (includes cleaning brush, carrying bag, and plastic-free packaging) It's nearly impossible to know exactly how many plastic straws Americans go through every day (one estimate puts it at 500 million), but it is known that single-use sippers are wreaking havoc on the planet, creating choking hazards for wildlife, and polluting waterways and beaches. It's easy enough to order your next drink sans straw while you're out—and when you're home, a set of stainless steel straws should do the trick.

About 300 million tons of plastic are produced from oil each year. Almost half of that is used for single-use packaging, such as plastic wrap on food, containers for personal care items, bottles for cleaning products, and other everyday purchases—including the plastic bags they are carried them home in.

Worse, only about 9% of all the plastic ever created has been recycled. And things are getting direr: Almost half of all the plastic ever made has been created since 2000, the production of plastic is way up, and recycling alone can't stop the flow of plastic pollution into the world's oceans.

As more statistics come out about the volume of plastic ocean pollution—18 billion pounds annually from coastal regions—and the effect that is having on marine life—267 species worldwide have already been adversely affected, people have begun eschewing plastic products for zero-waste, eco-friendly alternatives. Most global consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable products, which has inspired thousands of companies to seek alternatives to plastic items from zero-waste personal care products and kitchen items to office equipment and ethically sourced, sustainable clothing.

Stacker has pored over the research and scoured product reviews and company backgrounds to compile this gallery of 50 easy, eco-friendly replacements for common plastic items in your life. Prices have been provided, and represent the cost for long-term use, except in the case of items that run out, like toothpaste. Those numbers should be compared to an individual's or family's spending on similar, single-use products over time for items such as sandwich bags or disposable razors.

Wherever possible, products listed in this gallery represent less-expensive options over time to their plastic, disposable counterparts. In the interest of being most serviceable, Stacker has left two of the most ubiquitous, eco-friendly items—stainless steel drink canteens and reusable shopping bags—off the list in order to make room for items that may be less well-known. Wherever possible, products referenced come in zero-waste, plastic-free packaging, as well. Continue reading to discover 50 easy alternatives to everyday, plastic items.

Mecete stainless steel food storage containers $26.99 for three Evidence shows plastic containers leach chemicals into the foods they store (and BPA-free plastic isn't actually any better). These containers also lose their durability over time—which means they're all eventually headed for landfills or recycling centers, where it takes massive amounts of resources to melt down and turn into more plastic. While dumping all your plastic in favor of lifetime-use stainless steel containers may seem counterintuitive to zero-waste lifestyles, as the need arises to replenish your existing containers, there are plenty of non-plastic options that cost more up-front, but will never need to be replaced, and won't leach contaminants into the environment.

See news on the site: Napa Valley Register

 

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