As a blogger, we tend to share our experiences, our learnings as well as our struggles. I started my blogging journey a couple of years back to share my experiences of motherhood, twin pregnancy and everything related to it. But now, apart from sharing my knowledge and experience regarding motherhood, I also want to share and raise awareness that can help all of us to build a better world for our children. And I got such an opportunity to write with a purpose through #causeachatter campaign hosted by Blogchatter. The campaign is being categorized into three main categories:
- Mental Health Talk
- Environmental issues
I have chosen to write on environmental issues as we are still not fully aware about the consequences of our acts and the hazard that it brings to the environment around us. There are so many changes in our daily lifestyle that we need to adapt which has a huge impact on the environment. Today, I am going to share one such daily activity that every household does.
But most of us are unaware of the fact that how harmful it is for the environment .
It is a simple daily activity of cutting off the edges of the milk packets.
Wondering, how the tiny tip of the milk packets can be so harmful to the environment?
Have you ever thought where all these tiny plastic pieces finally land up?
Well, the answer is these tiny plastic tips are difficult to be recycled. Hence, a big threat to the environment.
A simple change in the way we cut the milk packets can bring a huge difference.
Let me tell you how and why we should stop snipping off the edges of the milk packets.
Why small plastic pieces are not recyclable?
To understand this completely we need to know the composition of the plastics used in the milk packets. The milk packets contain low-density polyethene known as (LDPE). To recycle this kind of plastic, it needs to be compressed at high temperature and in certain shape; else, they add no value.
If they don’t end up at recycling units then it disintegrates into microplastic, that is like the size of microbeads used in gels and tooth paste. These microbeads further enter water bodies and landfills by rain and wind that leads to clogging.
Hazards that these Minuscule Triangular plastics bring in
- These tiny microplastics enter our eco-system and harm both animals as well as human beings. The microbeads enter water bodies and are unknowingly consumed by marine animals causing their death.
- Moreover, this minuscule plastic also finds it’s way to landfills and obstruct the easy flow of water.
- The milk packets tiny triangular edges are contributing to an alarming rate to plastic waste every single year. More than one-third of ‘branded plastic’ that goes into garbage daily from household comes from dairy products packages.
- These microbeads generated from milk packets lay idle in landfills for years together and when they catch fire usually in summers, the chlorinated plastic on burning produces cancer-causing furans and dioxins.
Alarming Statistics of garbage produced only by the milk packets
In June 2019 Tejaswini Anathkumar, chairperson of Adamya Chetna’s tweet went viral when she revealed that Bengaluru alone can stop generating 50,00,000 small plastic pieces getting in the garbage if they cut the milk packets right.
Imagine the figure that entire country would be producing every single day.
Let’s wake up before its too late. All we need to do is stop cutting off the edges in tiny triangular pieces and adapt eco-friendly alternative steps.
- Give a horizontal cut and stop snipping off the edges.
- If by mistake you cut the edges of the sachet, then slip them inside the big packet and don’t let them go loose.
- A company called CuriOski has come up with an innovative designer dispenser, ideal for the 500ml milk packet so if you find it difficult to pour milk after cutting it horizontally. Then this dispenser is your saviour.
A simple horizontal cut but it can create a huge impact on the environment. By adopting this measure we can reduce plastic waste drastically and prevent clogging of drains. These minuscule plastic pieces obstruct the natural flow of water during the rainy season, leading to clogging and causes flash floods in several urban cities.
Since 2019, I have been practising this with not only milk packets but other plastic packets too. My humble contribution to create a better world for my children. We can all bring this small change in our daily life. There is absolutely no reason for not doing it except being lazy about it or not caring for the environment.
Hope this article helps in bringing change and reduce plastic waste generation.
All that is needed now is the support of every household in bringing this change for the betterment of the environment.
Do share your thoughts on this simple change that can save us from milk packet menace.
This post is part of the #causeachatter campaign hosted by Blogchatter.
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