Eco-Friendly Alternatives after the Single-Use Plastic Ban

Is seafood safe for human consumption any more? Imagine eight million tones of plastic infiltrate the oceans every year. In the UK, coffee enthusiasts throw over 7 million plastic cups daily! Beach fronts are now an eyesore, and a half of the sea creatures have consumed plastic.

What Will Save the Ecosystem from Plastic Pollution? 

Despite lengthy discussions on the viperous effects of plastics, usage continues to rise. Measures such as taxation don’t seem to have an impact. Plus, many users ignore proper disposal measures to allow for recycling.

With the situation uncontrollable, recycling professionals yielded to calls of banning plastic. For governments, the ball is in their courts; they must ban plastic. According to the World Resources Institutes report, over 127 countries have plastic regulations, but most legislations are partial, as governments fear the impact of total restrictions.

Inadequate legislation on eco-friendly alternatives also poses a massive challenge to the banning of single-use plastics. As per the WRI report, only 16 out of the 192 reviewed countries, incorporate regulation of the plastic alternatives.

With time, authorities will seal the loopholes in the legislation as they find ways of counteracting the challenges. Meanwhile, businesses and plastic users should start shifting to environmental-friendly alternatives.

What are the Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Single-Use Plastic?

It’s startling how people still hang on single-use plastics despite their harm to human health and the environment. Besides, there is no shortage of viable eco-friendly alternatives.

Multiple companies and entrepreneurs have come up with a range of green products since the war against plastic pollution started.

So, what are the solutions to single-use plastic?

Reusable Shopping Bags 

Plastic bags are now the primary cause of plastic pollution. Worldwide, shoppers still use plastic bags every 12 minutes, adding to the billion pieces which end up as litter and pollute the environment.

In the UK, a 5% charge on shoppers for the use of plastic shopping bags seems to have reduced production and sales of plastic bags. Some reports cite a 90% drop in plastic purchases, which is an astounding figure considering the charge focuses on “major” outlets.

Countries which have prohibited single-use plastics without providing sustainable or affordable alternatives face challenges. They struggle with the penetration of “black market” plastics or trash bags into the markets.

Reusable shopping bags come as a better alternative to both recyclable and single-use plastics. First, it’s difficult to pile a bunch of them like plastics, as you will have to purchase a new one every time you go shopping. Plus, if you consider cost, you won’t go shopping without carrying one.

The beauty of using the reusable shopping bags, is they come in multiple designs from canvas to cotton, to woven sisal fibre, to hemp, cotton or hemp. Considering they are all made of natural and biodegradable material, they are safer.

Biodegradable Paper for Single-Use Plastic

Not one, but many studies show plastic takes between 500-1000 years to decompose. Plastic cans and plastic paper bags take 20-50 years to decompose. Since the start of worldwide campaigns against plastic use, many plastic manufacturing companies suggested switching to biodegradable plastic.

Biodegradable plastic comes from the addition of additives to plastic material. The thought behind the additives is they allow the breakdown of plastic to particles consumable by micro-organisms. Proponents of biodegradable plastics cite the additives as the solution to plastic pollution and businesses sustainability.

Research findings from the Michigan State University disapprove the effectiveness of the additives as solutions to landfills and composting. The research featured three types of additives and five methods of degrading.

The results; Biodegradable plastic and standard plastic produced similar decomposing outcomes. Both never decomposed.

So, it appears biodegradable plastic doesn’t provide a solution to single-use plastic as widely claimed.

Biodegradable Paper

Paper as an alternative to single-use plastic is now a trend. More so, biodegradable paper. Its definite article is safer compared to plastics, but it can not fully replace single-use plastics.

Today, there are multiple biodegradable paper products. From paper cups to paper to plates, to paper sheets, to straws, to shopping bags and all packaging material you can think of.

Unlike plastic, regular paper decomposes within a few weeks. thus a lesser risk to environmental pollution. It is also easier to recycle paper, as users find ways of reusing paper. Still, recycling companies swarm garbage sites to collect trashed paper for recycling. For instance, the US recorded a 68% paper recycling rate in 2018 and achieved a 20% forest cover increase from 1970.

Biodegradable Paper Cups

As noted earlier, People throw around plastic cups after use, instead of responsibly disposing or recycling them. For coffee or ice cream lovers, biodegradable paper cups provide an eco-friendly solution.   

Reusable Water Bottles

Retailers sell over 500 billion plastic bottles every year in the world. And every second accounts for 20,000 water bottle purchases. While many countries focus on banning plastic bags, plastic bottles seem assumed. And, with the massive use of plastic bottles, it becomes hard to recycle them.

Reusable water bottles offer a safer option for both indoor and outdoor use. Unlike the plastic bottles, one user can rely on a single water bottle for over a year.

Use of Bio-plastics

Don’t confuse bioplastics with biodegradable plastics with additives. Bio-plastics comprise natural polymers from plant sources. The plants include sweet potatoes. Hemp oil, starch, sugar-cane, etc..

Bio-plastics can replace single-use plastics, and they are the main ingredient used to make plastic bottles, cups, plates and utensils.

Unlike petroleum generated plastics, their production causes less carbon dioxide emissions, are affordable and require less fossil fuel during production.

Also, Bio-plastics are degradable as they take between 100 to 180 days to degrade

Eco-friendly alternatives to single-use plastic provide governments and plastic users with options to switch to as they ban plastics. With the other options, businesses can prepare efficiently for the uncertain consequences of plastic bans.

It’s also high-time, businesses become proactive and adopt the eco-friendly alternatives. Waiting on the government to curb plastic use does not serve the environment well.


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Naked Juice adopts PLA Biodegradable Paper Cups, manufactured by us at Branded Paper Cups
Naked Juices UK has now adopted our PLA Paper Cups.

Branded Paper Cups have been continuously promoting the shift of the printed paper cup industry towards Bodegradable Paper Cups with PLA Coated Paper replacing the standard PE Coated Paper and making them 100% biodegradable.

Nakes Juices adopted PLA Cups and exhibitions where the cups are being used have offered cash back for using PLA cups, because its easier for them to process 100% compostable paper cups.

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We congratulate Naked Juice and encourage all client businesses to plan forward towards a shift towards PLA coated biodegradable, compostable paper cups.

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Branded Paper Cups have been continuously upgrading its state of the art printed paper cups factory to meet higher standards of quality and sustainability while being able to deliver at speeds that are otherwise unthinkable of by many.

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When folks think about paper cups, they visualise trees being cut for paper, they typically visualise that old oak in the field, the birds, the squirrels, and even worst, the depleting rainforests, the rising global temperatures.

We at scyphus solely obtain our papers for our printed paper cups, only from FSC and PEFC accreditec mills, these mills are accredited by responsible monitoring organisations like FSC and PEFC and thus can be assumed to be following all sustainable forestry practices that help us keep the planet green.

But the fact is that currently there are managed tree farms, places where trees are grown as a crop for lumbering, these monitered farms keep planting trees similar to how a farmer plants new seeds after that season's harvest. only that in case of those massive trees, this harvesting cycle is usually over twenty years.

The activities of these farms and all that is happening to our forests is monitored by some credible Not for Profit organizations like FSC and PEFC. Organisations that certify and monitor these farms and their method of harvesting and replanting and maintaining the inexperienced cover.

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