Goodbye Plastic!

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Goodbye Plastic!

It is a well-known fact that single-use plastic products are some of the most manufactured products in the world with millions if not billions of these products being produced daily.  Most of our daily use items and basic products in our society fall in the category of single-use plastic and our dependence on these products is the real issue.  Manufacturers along with desire to adapt these products to our daily lives has made it difficult to live without these items but our behaviors have brought about the disadvantages and long-lasting effects on our environment and our own personal health.

As the convenience of these products grow and our dependence increases, the earth as we know it has become a dumping ground for the garbage that has greatly affected our living and environmental conditions.  Our need to purchase, use then dispose products because of convenience has become part of the world and shows no signs of turning back.  With this kind of behavior and continued need for single-use products, we will most certainly see the increasing issues of pollution and environmental concerns.

The most important fact regarding the current single-use products are that plastic does not biodegrade.  No natural process can break it down making it harmful to the environment and to humans.  Rather than biodegrade, plastic photodegrades which means that it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces without breaking into simpler compounds.  This is what makes plastic so harmful to wildlife and the environment.

The second issue in the production of plastic, is its reliance on petroleum. The problem here is that petroleum products are not renewable or sustainable.  Petroleum products are used as support agents and as fuel in the manufacturing process of plastics.  Accounting for approximately 2-3% of the total petroleum consumption within the United States.

Despite plastics dominance in the manufacturing and single-use products, bamboo has turned into a very considerable resource for today’s manufacturer since it has a significant number of positive characteristics when compared to plastic which has proven to be detrimental to humanity.  It is obvious that the subsequent effect of bamboo as a major source of production is more preferable than plastic.

Lately, bamboo has been known as the “Super Plant” of current occasions. This energetic plant grows like a weed regarding how rapidly it can develop and where it can live. There are so many motivating reasons to move away from plastic and increase the use of bamboo for products. A portion of these reasons include:

Bamboo can be planted and then harvested at maturity within a few years (this is usually between 4 to 5 years).

It is biodegradable

They have the ability to grow independently without the support of fertilizers and chemicals.

Bamboo can develop in various weather and regional locations in the world (China, Africa, USA and South America,).

Bamboo plants are oxygenic in nature, capable of producing about 35% of oxygen more than others making them beneficial to the environment.

They are also capable of rebuilding eroded soil and they really do not need to be replanted like other plants.

Given the reasons discussed, it is easy to see that bamboo products are capable and should replace the single-use plastic products. The expenses incurred in the production of bamboo are amazingly low because of the greater level of accessibility and availability this material has.  It is imperative that as a population we look to change our needs and behaviors to match not what is put before us by the manufacturer but demand products that fit what our expectations are.  As a society we must demand quality products that support good human health with positive effects on the environment and support and eco-friendly environment.  Bamboo may not be the only answer but it definitely plays an important role in a strong healthier future.