THE ULTIMATE ALTERNATIVE TO PLASTIC ~ START THE CHANGE
Good to hear from you, lots of comments about changes that people are going through, and starting in a new way, that's uplifting.
The road to change is fraught with obstacles, but the feeling that we are working towards a common goal outweighs any difficulties.
According to the responses we receive from our subscribers, we notice that the big challenge is finding disposable, reliable, and healthy plastic substitutes.
Let's take a look at the options available in the market:
1.Polyurethane and Polycarbonate ~
*Secretes toxins after multiple uses
*Do not use with hot drinks/foods.
*Do not use when there are scratches.
*Deprecated in Canada.
"BPA (bisphenol-a) is found in polycarbonate plastics, which are hard, clear (or clear-tinted), unbreakable plastics.
BPA exposure possibly can affect the brain, the prostate gland of fetuses, infants, and children, and it might increase blood pressure, according to the Mayo Clinic. The same article does state, however, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) testing shows BPA to be safe at the low levels sometimes found in foods."
"While you’re going through your plastic containers, go ahead and toss any that are scratched or damaged. Worn containers pose a higher leaching risk."
*Separates aluminum into the body.
*Causes neurological diseases.
"..Aluminum is also present in many other kitchen products like foil, canned goods, water bottles, drink pouches, and tin storage dishes. Research shows that it transfers into food, especially when foods are heated in foil or containers or come into contact with it while hot. Some sources claim that foil is safe for storing cold foods, but I still prefer to avoid it."
3. Disposable tools made of consumables:
Tools made from corn, mandioca, rice...they require composting.
This is the least harmful solution from the previous ones.
"..When used by manufacturers, “biodegradable” usually means that in a natural environment (that is, outside a composting facility with high heat and perfectly balanced conditions) a product will break down into smaller and smaller pieces until it can be consumed by microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, and algae. Products labeled as “biodegradable” but not “compostable” do not necessarily meet composting standards and should not be disposed of in a composting system."
"..it requires both high heat and moisture to go through a process known as hydrolyzing. This process is often only possible in industrial composting systems..."
1. Bamboo ~
Bamboo products are eco-friendly as long as they haven't been chemically processed, which most bamboo clothing fabrics have been. Bamboo as a plant is naturally pest-resistant, 100% biodegradable, antifungal, antibacterial, and regrows to its adult size in 3 to 5 years.
Benefits of Bamboo as a Sustainable Material
- Renewable resource – bamboo can be harvested in one to five years depending on the species. In comparison, hardwoods like oak trees take at least forty years before they can be harvested. Over one million acres of forests are lost each week due to deforestation. As a substitute for hardwoods, bamboo offers a versatile solution to drastically reduce this number and protect our forests.
- Fast growth rate – some species of bamboo will grow as much as three feet (1 meter) per day! Labeled the fastest growing plant on earth, bamboo does not require replanting. When harvested, it will grow a new shoot as a result of its extensive root system and help protect soil from erosion.
- No chemical pesticides or fertilizers – bamboo requires no agricultural chemicals to grow. In comparison, cotton is sprayed with pesticides more than any other crop which depletes nutrients in the soil and puts harmful chemicals into your cotton fabric.
- Absorbs greenhouse gases – bamboo sequesters carbon dioxide from the environment and produces 35% more oxygen than its equivalent size of trees. Large-scale bamboo plantations can become effective “carbon sinks” or areas designed to reduce CO2 from the atmosphere. When bamboo fibers are used to construct buildings, the carbon is sequestered (stored away) for the lifetime of that building.
- Grows everywhere – bamboo is a tough and durable plant that can be grown throughout the world and thrives even in harsh conditions from low wetlands to higher elevations in the mountains. With over 1000 species, bamboo can be found in nearly every region in the world.
- Economic development – bamboo production and manufacturing provides job opportunities in less developed countries that need social and economic sustainability. China, the world’s largest bamboo producer, was valued at over 19.5 billion USD in 2012 employing over 7.5 million people. This serves as a model for other countries looking to develop a sustainable bamboo industry.
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2. Stainless steel 304 ~
- 304 stainless steel has strong corrosion resistance: the difference between 201 and 304 stainless steel is mainly reflected in the different elements contained in the two. The corrosion resistance and stamping performance of 304 stainless steel are far better than 201, and 304 stainless steel is generally used in places with a complex environment and strong corrosion resistance. 201 is not used for environmental requirements, or stainless steel is not required. Somewhere high. 304 stainless steel vacuum flask is not easy to rust because the formation of chromium-rich oxide on the surface of the steel body can protect the steel body, thus achieving the effect of healthy drinking water. The 201 stainless steel is high-manganese stainless steel, which is much higher than the 304 hardness, high carbon, and low nickel.
- 201 Stainless steel is easy to rust: 201 stainless steel has high manganese content, the surface is very bright with a dark light, and the manganese content is high and easy to rust. The 304 stainless steel thermos cup contains more chromium, and the surface is matte and does not rust. When choosing a stainless steel vacuum flask, it is obvious that the two cups are put together and the difference is obvious. (You can use the potion to do the experiment).
- 304 stainless steel is more expensive: in terms of price.
- 304 stainless steel toughness is better: 201 stainless steel material is relatively hard, with a bit of steel, it is easier to crack. The 304 stainless steel vacuum flask does not rust because it contains nickel, and the 304 stainless steel is more tough and the scratch resistance is much better than 201.
In addition, in judging the material of the stainless steel vacuum flask, there is also a misunderstanding, that is, the “stainless” of the stainless steel vacuum flask, which does not absolutely rust, but does not rust under certain conditions. If the consumer improperly uses it (such as tea, coffee, milk, and other acidic substances), it will naturally rust if it is used in an environment or condition that exceeds its corrosion resistance.
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Food grade silicone is a non-toxic type of silicone that doesn’t contain any chemical fillers or byproducts, making it safe for use with food. Silicon, the naturally occurring chemical element that makes up silicone, is a metalloid, which means it has properties of both metals and non-metals and is the second most abundant element in the earth’s crust, after oxygen
Benefits of food-grade silicone:
- Highly resistant to damage and degradation from extreme temperatures
- Doesn’t harden, crack, peel, crumble, dry out, rot or become brittle over time
- Lightweight saves space, easy to transport
- Made from an abundant natural resource
- Non-toxic and odorless – contains no BPA, latex, lead, phthalates
- 100% recycled at select locations; non-hazardous waste.
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It is very important to research a little about the materials around us and find out what harms the environment and what harms us, and only then choose.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND THE UNIVERS AND BECOME HEAVEN ON EARTH.
WE ARE ONE.
LOVE THE ENVIRONMENT.