The need for adopting a greener and healthier lifestyle is greater than ever today. More and more stress is being laid on the conservation and protection of the environment from degradation, which we unfortunately accelerate without even knowing!
People are becoming more conscious and vigilant in this regard. Big corporations and companies, on the other hand, are doing their bit in preventing the damage to the environment. Through tree-planting, recycling, waste management, and other green campaigns, communities are adopting numerous initiatives to keep Mother Nature in tip-top shape.
A Look At Plastics
Plastics are major contributors for the degrading condition of the environment ‘thanks’ to their chemical make up. You see, plastic does not degrade (non-biodegradable). This means that even after 10, 20, or even 30 years, they stay and spoil the environment they’ve been dumped to and disrupts several food chains.
They have many bad effects on the health of certain organisms – this inturn indirectly affects various food chains. However, plastics are a necessary evil, and no matter how less we use them, we can’t really completely take them out of the equation. With this in mind, recycling of plastics makes sense as it would prevent more production of plastics. Some of the major benefits on the environment due to recycling plastics and other materials have been described below.
Clearing Of Waste: A large proportion of domestic and industrial wastes are plastics, which were either used as carry bags, packaging, and more. These plastics are discarded after use and sent for dumping to landfills and garbage centers. However, thorugh recycling plastic, a large part of the garbage is cleared up and the resulting collection can be put to other uses. The plastic products chosen for recycling are treated – made germ-free and used again for industrial purposes or home use.
If industries recycle plastics that have been dumped from households after treating them, they can be reused in for commercial purposes. This can help in greatly reducing the quantity of waste generated – going a long way in preserving the scenic beauty of the environment and preventing damage and disruption to nature as well.
Less Use Means Lesser Damage: Another benefit of recycling plastics is that if they are re-used, then manufacturers would need to produce less plastic. This presents numerous benefits. Less plastics in production would mean that less are being discarded. This also reduces the need to extract new materials and resources for plastic manufacturing. Lesser production means reduced usage of harmful chemicals used, which translates pollution and degradation problems.
Use For Making Other Substances: Recycled plastics, which cannot be put to any other use, can be treated at industries and can be made into other products which require plastic as base. Plastic articles can be made from discarded and reclaimed plastic-based products.
This way the environment can be saved in two ways. Firstly, recycling plastics helps in preventing garbage and saves the landscape. Secondly, the recycled plastics can be used for other purposes which prevent more plastic from being generated, which would otherwise harm the environment later.
There’s no doubt about it: Recycling plastics is a great move for the environment.