I think plastic has always been problematic even if it is not the main pollutant. I don’t know what is the situation of plastic in other countries, but one thing is certain plastic cups and cutlery are no longer sold in Finland. They have been replaced with those made from recyclable materials, cardboard, or wood. To be honest, I think it’s a very good action, even if we will have to have our glasses from home in the event of a picnic, party or barbecue.
Although plastic is not necessarily the main polluting factor, it is important to take a stand in all directions. I was talking a few weeks ago with someone from Greenpeace Suomi about the problem of plastic in the oceans and beyond, and how much aquatic animals suffer from this point of view. So the first step was taken. Good job Finland!
But because when you remove something, you have to bring a replacement, cardboard cups and wood cutlery have appeared more and more. I don’t know how things are in this direction in other European countries, but I personally enjoy every step taken in the right way.
Maybe we wonder from time to time, what happens to the plastic we throw in the trash? How much of that plastic is recycled? Or what happens to it when it can no longer be recycled? Where does it end up? Questions to which we find painful answers. Based on IUCN reports, ”at least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year, and makeup 80% of all marine debris from surface waters to deep-sea sediments.” Very worrying I might say.
This set of cutlery is just one example. There is other cutlery made from recycled plastic or wood. To be honest, they seem even more resistant compared to the old ones made of that white plastic and very poor quality. So for the next barbecue or picnic, I won’t have to worry about what dishes I use for food and drinks. Even at my work, the people from the canteen have already changed the coffee cups I take every morning. I make my second coffee alone in the team space room, in my own mug.
Also, dishes that contain bamboo flour or rice flour are prohibited in Finland. Based on ruokavirasto.fi, ”these products do not comply with food contact material law and so their safety cannot be verified.”
From my point of view, Finland has taken the reins quite seriously, towards a more responsible life for its citizens and towards a less polluting country. However, it is necessary that the other European countries, and not only, get involved at least as much as Finland is involved. I think we would see results pretty quickly.
That’s all for today for my dear readers. If you know of countries that are trying to implement pollution reduction, or if you have questions on the subject, I am waiting for you in the comments section. Have a nice Sunday!