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What is light pollution?

What is light pollution? After reading this article you will know everything about the subject…

What is light pollution?

Light pollution is the excess of artificial light emitted from urban centres. This includes indoor and outdoor lights in homes and buildings, aerial and maritime signalling, and street lighting.

What are the different types of light pollution?

Glare

Glare occurs when excessive light is not properly shielded and shines horizontally. It then reduces visibility, causing visual discomfort and even momentary blindness. For example, when you catch a camera flash in your eyes, or the full headlights of a car you pass at night.

Light trespass

This occurs when lighting invades a space that it is not supposed to illuminate. For example, when light from a street lamp or a neighbour’s house invades your bedroom, preventing your environment from becoming dark at night and disrupting your sleep.

Skyglow

Skyglow is the accumulated brightness that artificial lights emit, which can be seen from space. This phenomenon is more important in areas with high concentrations of air pollution. For example, the brightness of the city of Los Angeles is visible from more than 300 kilometres away.

Over-illumination

This is bright or excessive light sources that can cause confusion, distraction and even accidents. This light clutter is visible in cities, or on roads where lights are poorly positioned, distracting or annoying drivers and can cause accidents. The city of Las Vegas in the United States, with its multiple night lights on casinos and hotels, is an example of light clutter.

France has adopted an illumination ban

Since 2013, France has adopted an illumination ban. Offices, shops and non-residential buildings have to turn off their lights after 1am.

Some iconic buildings are exempt, like the Eiffel Tower and other cultural buildings during celebrations.

The illumination ban is expected to save 200 million euros (more than $260 million) and 250,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year, according to the Ministry of Ecology.

What are the consequences of light pollution?

The impacts caused by light pollution are numerous. It affects the migratory cycles of birds, disorienting them and causing them to crash into lit buildings, for example. It affects the offspring of some sea turtles, who mistake the moon for city lights and head in the wrong direction.

Light pollution at night also attracts insect pests, such as mosquitoes. Finally, it spoils the sky and its stars for all of us who live close to a big city.

Light pollution can also cause changes in the metabolism of our cells by decreasing the production of melatonin. In humans, these metabolic changes can affect our digestive cycle, leading to diseases such as obesity, diabetes and certain cardiovascular diseases.

How can light pollution be reduced?

Unlike other types of pollution, light pollution can easily be avoided or reduced. Some measures have already been taken. Since 2013 in Paris, for example, between 1am and 7am, all lights in shops, offices and on city facades must be switched off. Only the lights of tourist monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, are then maintained.

In addition, for public lighting, it is possible to optimise lighting by shining light downwards rather than upwards or horizontally. This allows for more power and less energy consumption.

Stop Wasting Energy: Things We Can All Do

More people are taking action to reduce light pollution and bring back the natural night sky. Many states have adopted legislation to control outdoor lighting, and manufacturers have designed and produced high-efficiency light sources that save energy and reduce light pollution.

Individuals are urged to use outdoor lighting only when and where it is needed, to make sure outdoor lights are properly shielded and directing light down instead of up into the sky, and to close window blinds, shades, and curtains at night to keep light inside.

If you want to know more about how to reduce waste at home, please read the article written by our friends at EasyEcoTips “4 Ways to Reduce Waste at Home“.

The reduction in illuminations is expected to save 200 million euros (more than $260 million) and 250 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, according to the Ministry of Ecology.

Source: NationalGeographic.

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How to make your own deodorant?

How to make your own deodorant?

Are you looking for a super simple natural deodorant recipe?

Use lemon or lime as deodorant! It is 100% natural and incredibly effective 😉

Lemon juice contains citric acid, which kills bacteria and odor. It will last easily for 12h to 24h.

You can reuse the same lemon for a whole week, and it will keep the odours away!

Oh and by the way, this 100% natural alternative will save packaging waste, plastic waste, and unwanted chemicals in your body!

Remember, lemon and lime juice is a great deodorant alternative, but is not an antiperspirant. It will not block sweat, just remove bad odours.

If you are looking to protect your skin, avoid antiperspirants as they contain ingredients like aluminium, that block the pores of our skin to prevent us from sweating. However, sweating is one of our main body’s functions to release toxins from our system.

Other harmful ingredients that can be found in antiperspirants and some deodorants are triclosan, propylene glycol, parabens or synthetic fragrances.

Switch to a natural deodorant, there are a lot of brands out there especially for very sensitive skins! But an easy solution is still to simply rub a lemon or lime in your armit!

Downsides: if you just shaved or have a small cut in your armpit, it will sting! Also, if you intend to spend the day in the sun, make sure you don´t put lemon juice on your skin as it will leave marks and welts.

Finally, don´t try it with other citrus sources like oranges, they contain more sugar and will stick.

 

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What is more damaging to natural ecosystems: radioactivity or humans?

What is more damaging to natural ecosystems: radioactivity or humans?

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster

It is a major nuclear accident that occurred during the night of April 25 to 26, 1986 at the V.I. Lenin nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, located 130 kilometers north of Kiev.

It is the most serious nuclear disaster of the twentieth century, classified at level 7 (the highest) of the international scale of nuclear events, surpassing, by its immediate environmental impacts the nuclear accident of Fukushima in 2011, classified at the same level.

How was the accident caused?

The accident was caused by the uncontrolled increase in power of the unit No. 4 (designed to operate at a nominal power of 3,200 MWth), to more than 100 times the nominal power, leading to the explosion of the reactor and the release of large quantities of radioactive elements into the atmosphere, causing widespread contamination of the environment.

The consequences of this disaster

The event has significant health, ecological and economic consequences. More than 200,000 people were permanently evacuated. The accident caused between 43 and 4,000 deaths according to the reports of UN agencies published in scientific journals, or much more according to various analyses of agencies or NGOs not published in scientific journals.

In July 2019, a new containment is put into service with the objectives of containing possible new radioactive releases, protecting the first sarcophagus and housing the dismantling workshops of the accident reactor.

Is radioactivity less damaging to natural ecosystems than humans?

30 years after, the abandoned wasteland around the Chernobyl nuclear power station is one of the most important habitats for scientists studying native wildlife in Europe.

A group of scientists are trying to answer the question: is radioactivity less damaging to natural ecosystems than humans?

With humans having deserted the area, wild animal and bird species are roaming what is effectively one of Europe’s biggest wildlife reserves. Wild boar, wolves, elk, and deer in particular have thrived in the forest and grassland landscape.

In a new study released Monday, Beasley says that the population of large mammals on the Belarus side has increased since the disaster. He was shocked by the number of animals he saw there in a five-week survey. Camera traps captured images of a bison, 21 boars, nine badgers, 26 gray wolves, 60 raccoon dogs (an Asian species also called a tanuki), and 10 red foxes. “It’s just incredible. You can’t go anywhere without seeing wolves,” he says.

Radiation, he argues in the study, is not holding back Chernobyl wildlife populations.

Others think that they do, like Anders Pape Møller, a Danish scientist at the University of Paris-Sud who has done research with biologist Timothy Mousseau.

This research has shown that voles, for example, have higher rates of cataracts, that beneficial populations of bacteria on the wings of area birds are lower, that partial albinism in barn swallows and that cuckoos have become less common. Serious mutations, however, did not appear until just after the accident.

In any case, both sides agree that radiation is bad for humans and animals; the debate is about how bad it is and whether it caused the decline in populations. 

Again, opinions differ, but we have found an answer:

Biologist Jim Beasley of the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, who has studied wolves in this area says:

“I would say that for many of these species, the effects of radiation, even if present, are probably not enough to suppress populations to the point where they can’t sustain themselves,” Beasley says. In the area, “humans have been removed from the system, which largely overshadows the potential effects of radiation.”

Essentially, this means that human populations have a bigger negative impact than radiation.

If you like articles like these, we invite you to read the previous one by clicking here!

Source: NationalGeographic.

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WHAT IS PLOGGING?

WHAT IS PLOGGING? it’s not the latest trendy dance on social media but a new sport that is useful for us and our planet …

WHAT IS PLOGGING?

Plogging? No, it’s not the latest trendy dance on social media but a new sport that is useful for us and our planet. The name of the practice comes from a mix between “Plocka upp”, which means “to pick up” in Swedish, and “jogging”. The idea is to run while picking up trash.

There’s no point in running fast, it’s about picking it up on time! With an environmental focus, plogging is not a sprint. The pace is closer to 6 to 8km/h, so you still have a bit of breath left for extended bending and chatting with other ploggers. And don’t be surprised by the change in pace, it’s perfectly normal to have moments of walking.

WHY RUN AND COLLECT RUBBISH?

This fast-growing sport has many advantages:

– You act against pollution: by picking up rubbish on the roadside, you contribute to preserving the fauna and flora. If you love the outdoors and are looking for a way to deal with your eco-anxiety, this is a good start.

– You contribute to your health: there’s no secret about it, running is a physical activity. Gradually you will be in better shape, with a more toned body, your mind will be boosted and you will improve your cardio-pulmonary capacity.

– You discover nature: when you put it like that, it sounds like a discovery class in primary school… It’s a real opportunity to discover new places and also to take the time to look around. Observe the landscape, the trees, the flowers, the birds, and everything that nature offers us, in order to disconnect from everyday life.

– You meet people: plogging events are often organised in groups by associations or individuals who want to get involved. It is an opportunity to share a moment together with people who are running for the same cause.

A DIRECT IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT

It is modest, but very real. An eco-jog is “only” a few pieces of waste collected (we often talk in kilos after all), but it is as many micro-aggressions against the environment that we make disappear purely and simply.

Like that old plastic bag (450 years of life in nature) that will no longer hinder the growth of the little tree on the side of the road. That soda bottle (100 to 1000 years) that will no longer spread its micro-plastics in small, lethal doses in the grass (before leaving with the rainwater towards… the ocean).

Or this cigarette butt (1 to 2 years) that will not end up in a bird’s stomach. In fact, when you think about it, it’s hard to find a more effective environmental gesture… It’s mathematical: each piece of waste collected is one less pollution, and a healthier environment than one minute before.

If this article has motivated you to go for a run you’ll need a water bottle to stay hydrated and, our friends at EasyEcoTips have written an article that might interest you!

Source: DECATHLON.

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Why are mined diamonds so bad?

Why are mined diamonds so bad? And why Pandora is not selling mined diamonds anymore? That’s what we are going to find out in this article!

Pandora is not selling mined diamonds anymore.

Pandora is the world’s largest jeweller, and has decided to stop selling natural diamonds.

The jewelry maker best known for its silver charm bracelets, will stop selling mined diamonds and focus on more affordable, sustainable, lab-grown gems.

“Diamonds are not only forever, but for everyone,” said Alexander Lacik the Pandora Chief Executive.

Pandora, which made 85 million pieces of jewelry last year and sold 50,000 diamonds, said it aimed to “transform the market for diamond jewelry with affordable, sustainably created products”.

Prices of lab-grown diamonds have fallen over the past two years following the U-turn by De Beers in 2018 and are now up to 10 times cheaper than mined diamonds, according to a report by Bain & Company.

Pandora’s new collection of lab-grown diamonds will be launched initially in the United Kingdom and will be available in other key markets next year, it said.

Pandora said it expected the diamond market to continue to grow, with sales of lab-grown diamonds outpacing overall growth.

Pandora’s lab-grown gems will be made using a technology in which a hydrocarbon gas mixture is heated to 800 Celsius (1,472 Fahrenheit), spurring carbon atoms to be deposited on a small seed diamond, growing into a crystal layer by layer.

Pandora, which has until now sourced mined diamonds from KGK Diamonds, said it will get its lab-grown stones from suppliers in Europe and North America. Mined diamonds already in Pandora stores would still be sold, it said.

Why are mined diamonds so bad?

They produce high carbon emissions and use large amounts of water and energy. They also generate a lot of waste, deforestation and create the largest craters on the planet. Not to mention the many accidents that occur.

There is no doubt that the mines disfigure the landscape, unlike the laboratories in urban areas. However, when it comes to CO2 emissions, there is a war of figures. And there are no independent studies to rely on.

For example, some diamond farmers talk about 57 kilos of CO2 per carat mined, compared to 0.028 grams per synthetic carat. At the other end of the spectrum, the Diamond Producers Association (DPA), which represents 75% of the world’s diamond production, commissioned a study that concluded that a natural diamond emits 160 kilograms of CO2 compared to 511 kilograms for a synthetic diamond. But it was not this aspect of sustainability that the EHL round table focused on.

Blood diamonds

For decades, blood diamonds have played a major role in fueling armed conflicts in many African and South American countries. The virtual disappearance of many of these conflicts today has not eradicated this illicit trade. An overview of the issues surrounding conflict diamonds and the Kimberley Process.

Blood diamonds are precious stones that are mined in conflict or war zones. Also known as conflict diamonds, they are the result of the forced exploitation of men, women and children in the most abominable and unethical conditions. These illegal diamonds are used to finance rebel groups and have helped fuel many wars in Africa and South America.

The UN and its Security Council define them as “rough diamonds used by rebel movements to finance their military activities, in particular attempts to undermine or overthrow legitimate governments”. Countries such as Sierra Leone and Liberia are just some of the many examples of countries that have been very active in, but also victims of, this type of trade. In 2002, the Kimberley Process* was developed by diamond dealers, producing countries and NGOs with the aim of preventing the trade in these diamonds.

* The Kimberley Process (KP) unites administrations, civil societies, and industry in reducing the flow of conflict diamonds ‘rough diamonds used to finance wars against governments’ around the world.

Many children work in diamond mines

Many children work in the diamond mines. They put their lives, health and future at risk.

They are in a situation of extreme risk. Underground, they lack air, they develop lung diseases, emphysema… They sometimes descend to a depth of 70 metres! These children live in very small galleries and the operators simply give them aspirin to keep them going. Some of these children then become addicted to this or other drugs. And the future of these young workers is compromised: many of them do not go to school.

If you want to read more about the conditions of children in some countries, please read this article written by our friends at EasyEcoTips.

But we must also talk about prostitution in these areas. Underage girls are prostituting themselves. Their clients are the men who work in the diamond mines.

Source: CNBC / UNICEF.

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Natural vs. Synthetic. Which fibre is better for the planet?

Natural vs. Synthetic. Which fibre is better for the planet?

Natural fibres

As the name suggests, natural fibres originate from the animal or plant world.

Plant materials are obtained from plants, leaves, seeds or flowers and include materials such as cotton, hemp, linen, jute, raffia, coir and natural rubber.

Animal materials are derived from animal hair or its production such as wool, mohair, cashmere, alpaca, silk.

Fabrics made from natural plant or animal fibres follow the same manufacturing process.

1- The fibre (cotton, linen, wool…) will be cultivated in a field or on the animal. Depending on the type of crop, this production will involve the use of fertilisers, pesticides, and large quantities of water.

2- The fibre is then spun into yarn.

3- Once this yarn has been obtained, it is woven or knitted to make a fabric or a stitch.

The transformation of the fibre into yarn and then into fabric does not require any chemical additives.

Synthetic fibres

Synthetic fibres are usually made from petroleum. These include nylon, polyester, acrylic, elastane, polypropylene, microfibres (mostly polyester).

In the case of synthetic materials such as polyester, the fibres are obtained by a chemical process. Before being a yarn, polyester is a kind of gel obtained by the condensation of terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol which are components of petroleum. The chemicals used are removed from the polyester during the washing of the fibre.

Polyester is the most common material used in the manufacture of clothing. It is chosen for its strong, elastic, low-absorbency properties.

So are natural fibres always better for the planet? Not necessarily…

Natural fibres come from plants, animals or insects. They are biodegradable. However, like cotton, they can have other environmental issues. They can need a huge amounts of water of pesticides to grow.

Synthetic fibres are made mainly from coal and oil. They do not degrade. Many of them like Polyester, Nylon, Acrylic or Spandex release microplastics when washed. However, they are not all that bad. They are generally more durable, and synthetic fabrics can be made from recycled plastic.

There is no easy answer as to which fabrics are the best for the planet, but we do recommend looking for sustainable natural alternatives like Hemp. Hemp does not require a lot of water or pesticides to grow so will be more sustainable without releasing microplastics!

How to be the most sustainable?

Before you even think about buying new clothes, try to reuse and wear second hand clothes, go to thrift shops and the like… You’ll be surprised what you can find if you look hard enough!

If you really need to buy something new, it’s a good idea to use organic materials.

This is especially true for organic cotton. Conventional cotton needs a lot of water to grow. Organic cotton crops use less water (91% water saving) and no pesticides, chemical fertilisers or insecticides.

Wool can also be produced organically. Organic wool meets high standards of responsible land management and animal welfare.

The need for organic criteria is less true for fibres such as flax or hemp. Both materials grow more easily, need little water, little or no fertiliser or insecticides.

Thus flax and hemp, even if not organic, are more environmentally friendly textile materials.

This is also the case for alpaca wool. Alpacas naturally produce a lot of wool and require little water and food.

If you want to read more about these sustainable materials our friends at EasyEcoTips have written an article comparing cotton and hemp clothing, click here!

To have a look at our last article, click here!

Source: The Guardian.

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Which material is easier to recycle: aluminum foil or plastic?

Which material is easier to recycle: aluminum foil or plastic?

About aluminum foil

Aluminum is a mineral. Because of its durability, lightness and workability, it is one of the most widely used minerals in the manufacture of materials. Aluminum is used in the construction and automotive industries, but it is also used in our kitchen (soda cans, aluminum foil, cans, etc.).

In theory aluminum is 100% recyclable, infinitely and without loss of quality. All its physical properties, such as lightness, strength and protection against light or grease are preserved.

Recycling of aluminum packaging is 48% in the UK according to the Guardian. From 26,000 tons in 2014 to 40,000 in 2019, the share of recycled aluminum has only increased in recent years. Conversely, 80% of aluminum car parts are recycled. While aluminum is supposed to be 100% recyclable, how can this difference be explained?

The low recycling rate of aluminum from household waste is linked to the lack of equipment in many sorting centers. These centers manage to sort large aluminum packaging such as cans. But small packaging, smaller than a yoghurt pot, is difficult to identify and ends up in landfill or incineration. They represent about 50% of the annual tonnage. In order to increase the recycling rate, we must therefore succeed in recycling these small packages!

Keep reading, we will give you a tip at the end of the article to solve this problem!

Now, let’s talk about plastic

Plastic cannot be recycled, it can only be downcycled. But what does that mean?

Unlike glass or aluminum, plastic loses quality during the recycling process, which means it has a limited life cycle.

In general, a plastic bottle can be made into a lower quality bottle about twice before being made into other products such as doormats, textiles, plastic lumber, etc.

Recycling plastic is of course preferable to landfilling it, as it reduces waste in the short term. But in the end, this process is not infinite, and the plastic will eventually end up in the trash because it will no longer be possible to use it.

If you want to know more about downcycling our friends at EasyEcoTips have written a full article about it, we invite you to click here!

The problem with recycling small items

Whether it’s plastic or aluminum foil, small items sent individually for recycling are too small to be sorted and may block the recycling equipment.

These include straws, bottle caps, coffee pods, plastic cutlery, paper clips and a million other tiny items like pieces of foil or paper.

While these items are theoretically recyclable, sending them for recycling one by one can be counterproductive. Because it’s a nightmare for the recycling centers. Check yours locally, they can sometimes sort them. If not, there’s a good chance they’ll end up in the landfill…

So what to do? Here’s the trick!

We call it the credit card rule.

It’s simply to ball up all the little pieces of trash we’ve talked about, straws, bottle caps, coffee pods, plastic cutlery, paper clips. We make a ball until it is the size of a credit card. With this technique, the small waste that was not recyclable, becomes much easier to detect by the recycling equipment in the sorting centers!

Source : The Guardian.

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What are the problems of cruise ships?

What are the problems of cruise ships? That’s what we’ll find out in this article.

By the way, did you know that the daily emissions of a cruise ship can be the same as a million cars!

Comparing pollution from cruise ships and cars

Airplanes and cars are often singled out for the pollution they cause on the planet, both releasing large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. Ships, on the other hand, are often forgotten. And yet, cruise ships are also responsible for pollution. Much more than cars. This is the result of a study published by the non-governmental organization Transport & Environment in 2019.

The 94 ships of the luxury cruise company Carnival Corporation emit ten times more sulfur oxide than all the 260 million cars in Europe, according to the NGO! The company is not alone in the target of Transport & Environment. The second largest cruise company in the world, Royal Carribean, emits four times more.

Italy, Spain and Greece are particularly affected by pollution.

What about airplanes?

In a peer-reviewed New Zealand study, researchers estimate, for example, that a cruise ship emits somewhere between 250 and 2,200 grams of CO2 per passenger per kilometer, depending on the type of ship and the number of passengers. A flight from Montreal to Paris, by comparison, generates around 163 g of CO2 per passenger per kilometer, according to online calculators.

A family of four driving around emits about 45 g of CO2 per kilometer per passenger.

If you want an even more detailed comparison of which mode of transportation pollutes the most, we invite you to read this article written by our friends at EasyEcoTips!

Cruise companies say they are making efforts to improve their environmental record. Despite this, it is indisputable that these huge floating hotels are extremely polluting. The problems are numerous.

The problems of cruise ships

The air quality on the deck of a cruise ship is as bad as the world’s worse polluted cities. Cruise ships typically use heavy fuel oil in their engines. It has very high sulfur content but is more cost-effective than other fuels.Unfortunately this heavy fuel oil produces high levels of nitrogen oxide, which has been linked to acid rain, higher rates of cancer and other forms of respiratory diseases.

On top of the pollution caused by their fumes, cruise ships have been caught discarding trash, fuel, and sewage directly into the ocean. Some European cities like Marseille or Dubrovnik are having difficulties to cope with the rapid increase of travelers visiting by cruise, resulting in maritime pollution.

Overall, the carbon footprint per person in a cruise ship can be up to 3 times higher than in a plane!

A study by the environmental group Transport & Environment calculated that in 2017, Carnival Corporation’s 47 ships sailing in European waters emitted 10 times more sulfur dioxide than all the cars in Europe.

How can we reduce these emissions?

One way to reduce these emissions would be to limit fuel consumption when the ship is in motion, and to use the local power grid during port calls. Unfortunately, only a minority of companies do this.

Ships should also treat their wastewater, some are starting to do so, but progress is slow.

Source: The Telegraph, The Guardian, Forbes.

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Why are plastic bottles so bad?

Why are plastic bottles so bad? In this article you will learn why it is so bad for you and the environment.

500 billion

That’s the number of plastic bottles that are sold each year in the world.

With a consumption of 7 kilos of plastic bottles per inhabitant of the planet, 91% of plastic bottles are not recycled!

Plastic mineral water bottles are not designed to be reused (it says so on every bottle, it’s not just a marketing strategy to get you to buy more).

The pollution of your water by the plastic in the bottle is inevitable…

Not to mention that a plastic bottle of mineral water will last less than a “hard” plastic bottle and obviously less than a stainless steel bottle (plus you’re wasting your money, which is a shame). 

What is happening to our plastic bottles?

Started only about 60 years ago, the mass production of plastics has accelerated at such a rate that it has generated 8.3 billion tons, most of which are disposable products that end up as waste. Does this sound like an inconceivable amount? Even the scientists who set out to calculate for the first time how much plastic is produced, thrown away, burned or buried worldwide were horrified by such figures.

“We all knew that plastic production had been increasing rapidly and dangerously since the 1950s. But calculating the total amount of plastic ever produced left us speechless,” admits Jenna Jambeck, an environmental engineer at the University of Georgia who specialises in studying plastic waste in the oceans.

The new study, published in July in the scientific journal Science Advances, is the first global analysis to quantify the total amount of plastic produced, and what happened to it. Of the 8.3 billion metric tons produced, 6.3 billion metric tons became plastic waste. Only 9% of this waste was recycled. The vast majority, 79%, is piling up in landfill sites or spilling out into nature as litter. At some point, most of it will inevitably end up in our oceans, as a kind of final container.

If current trends continue, 12 billion tons of plastic will be in landfills by 2050. That’s the equivalent of 1,188 Eiffel Towers.

If you want to learn more about the different types of plastic, please click on this article written by our friends at EasyEcoTips.

 From a financial point of view, what does this mean?

A liter of bottled water costs about 0.40€. On average, you spend more than 220€ / year on mineral water for the purchase of plastic water bottles.

You will no longer have to buy plastic bottles, which are becoming more and more expensive. With your ecological bottle, you can take tap water with you, of course, you can filter your water with a carafe filter, but also all your favourite drinks. A bottle with a leak-proof cap is a small investment in the long run, it will save you money, while giving you the opportunity to stay hydrated by drinking water or your favourite drink!

It is very easy to do without a plastic bottle. Buthow?

Buying a water bottle is an ecological, profitable and more sustainable way for the environment.

The best solution, in our opinion, is an insulated bottle made of stainless steel, which makes them transport resistant and reusable. By choosing sustainable materials, we are helping our environmental footprint by reducing our consumption of plastic bottles containing chemicals.

You will no longer be participating in the mass production of plastic bottles or other single-use bottled waters, you will be eco-responsible.

Source: NationalGeographic.

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Which is better for the planet: plastic or paper bags?

Which is better for the planet: plastic or paper bags?

About paper bags

Even though paper is biodegradable and comes from trees, its production and distribution have a greater impact on the environment.

Here are some figures. The production of a paper bag uses 3 times more water, emits 2 times more greenhouse gases and contributes 13 times more to the eutrophication of waters (increase of nitrogen and phosphorus which decreases the oxygenation of aquatic environments).

In addition, a paper bag is bulkier and weighs more than a plastic bag, so the carbon footprint of its transport is greater. The same is true if it ends up in landfill if it is not recycled at the end of its life.

Another important observation is that plastic is more resistant. It can therefore be reused more times than its paper version. The main criticism of plastic is that it is extremely slow to decompose. It takes an average of 450 years for a plastic bag to decompose completely. It is therefore a particularly polluting material. Paper bags, on the other hand, take between 2 weeks and a year to decompose. The length of time varies according to the thickness of the bag and any treatments.

So is plastic better than paper?

No, just look at the astronomical quantities of bags that are thrown away every day.

When shopping or buying food, a person ends up with dozens of single-use bags. They usually only use them once and throw them away. Sometimes these disposable bags are also used as garbage bags, but not all sizes are suitable for this purpose.

By the way, if you want to know more about plastics we invite you to read the article “What is the difference between plastics?” written by our friends at EasyEcoTips.

So which is the more sustainable alternative?

Whether it is made of paper, plastic or bioplastic, the disposable bag is always a bad option. A waste that could easily be dispensed with if we were to opt for a truly ecological alternative: the reusable fabric bag. Made of cotton, jute or even synthetic fibre, reusablebags are on the rise. They are much more environmentally friendly as they can withstand hundreds of uses.

Remember: a reusable bag takes more energy to make than a disposable plastic bag, so make sure you reuse it as much as possible to make up for the difference! Choose a nice, strong, durable bag and reuse it as many times as you can! The more you reuse it, the more durable it will be!

Source: BBC.