You may know them as daily necessities but their darker side reveals how they go on proving highly detrimental to our Mother Earth. Read below about some environmentally wasteful designs in the world and decide whether you need to part ways with these bludgeons of our very environment, OR NOT?
Plastic bottles are made from a petroleum product known as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and they require huge amounts of fossil fuels to both manufacture and transport them. If you fill a plastic bottle with liquid so that it is 25% full, that’s roughly how much oil it took to make the bottle. For a single-use disposable item, that’s a lot. Isn’t it?
Americans drink over 100 billion cups of coffee every year and over 16 billion of those coffees are bought in disposable paper cups, adding up to more than 6.5 million trees killed yearly. But, it’s not only about trees. Consider all the ink, plastic, chemicals, water and multiple fuels that go into the manufacture of 16 billion cups which will ultimately be crushed and thrown away. Given that the average cup of coffee has a fifteen-minute life span, we have to ask ourselves, is it really worth it?
Accidents, air pollution, noise pollution, smog, waste – the list is endless. Burning firecrackers is definitely equal to burning money. It is estimated that the annual U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from fireworks is 60,340 tons or the same emissions from 12,000 cars on the road for a year!! It would take the entire lifetime of 5,000 trees to offset the 60,000 tons of carbon emissions produced in one day of Diwali! Not only it pollutes the environment, it also causes many deadly air-borne diseases thus presenting momentarily pleasure with chronic health hazards. Why spend on acquiring and curing diseases?
5. ATM TRANSACTION RECEIPTS
There are approximately 8 billion ATM transactions in the United States every year. According to Market Watch, if everyone in the United States would select the no-receipt option at the ATM, it would save a roll of paper more than two billion feet long, or enough to circle the equator 15 times. Pushing ‘No’ when asked ‘Would you like a receipt?’ not only saves paper, but it also reduces the chances that the receipt will end up as litter.
6. PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS
Plastic bags have been known to cause a lot of environmental damage. A single plastic bag can take up to 1000 years, to decay completely. This makes the bags stay in environment longer, in turn leading to great build-up on the natural landscape (much more than degradable materials like paper). In other words, the more plastic bags you use, the greater the chances of environmental damage.
Threat to animals, fumes, non renew ability, pollution, suffocation adds on to the problem even more. Let’s shift to cloth bags, shouldn’t we?