Protecting Nature - Eco-Friendly Packaging
Global warming and its effects are known as climate change, the rising average temperature, called global warming, is driving changes in rainfall patterns, extreme weather, arrival of seasons. NASA scientists have observed Earth's surface is warming, and many of the hottest years on record have happened in the last 2 decades.
When personalities like Michael Jackson talked about climate change in the '90s we were still a bit puzzled. Since 1978 over 750,000 square kilometers (289,000 square miles) of Amazon rainforest have been destroyed across Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela, Suriname, Guyana, and French Guiana. Today it is a fact accepted by almost everybody, now we have scientific data and the effects are felt by each one of us.
In 2019, David Attenborough narrated Our Planet, an eight-part documentary series, for Netflix. TV shows like this showcase the beauty of nature and the devastation created by man kind, however they are also giving a bit of hope: if we do the right things, nature can heal, it can thrive again.
So what can we do about it? Is there something that each person can do or it is just up to the scientists to find solutions? Actually yes, there are two simple things that come to mind that are quite easy to accomplish for each one of us and these actions have great effect on the environment:
1. FOOD. We can be more cautions when it comes to the quantities of food we buy and what type of products we buy. How come? If we buy the quantity that we need and we don't produce waste, we will minimize the quantity of carbon dioxide that comes from producing that food. This is valid for all types of food but especially for meat products. Also if we discuss about exotic products we should be sure they come from sustainable sources because for example in order to produce palm oil there were rain forests destroyed.
2. PACKAGING. Manufacturers need to be more careful on what type of packaging materials they are choosing because plastic became a huge problem for our planet.
In 1907 the first fully synthetic plastic was invented, it contained no molecules found in nature. It was used as an electrical insulator, to meet the needs of the rapidly electrifying United States. In the 1960s, plastics were just becoming popular. Since then, plastic took over the world. Thanks to its ability to remain sterile while acting as a container, plastic was used in the formation of bottles and containers, in the food industry, plastic has had an incalculable effect. It is cheap and it can be molded in any form.
However today a lot of plastic ends up in the oceans, plastic pollution causes harm to humans, animals and plants, it can take hundreds or even thousands of years for plastic to break down so the environmental damage is long-lasting.
That's why we searched for alternatives and the best one is the Eco-friedly packaging. Eco-friendly packaging is often made of recycled or renewable materials that's safe and sustainable for both individuals and the environment, this means that in the last decade we invented many reusable or biodegradable packaging materials like: Biodegradable Packaging Peanuts, Corrugated Bubble Wrap, Air Pillows Made of Recycled Materials, Cornstarch Packaging, Mushroom Packaging, Seaweed Packaging, Recycled Cardboard and Paper, Eco-friendly Plastic and Recycled Plastics.
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