This planet is not infinite, the world we live in is not forever.
Getting society aware of it is a priority. Promoting change begins with you, with me and with all of us.
In this sense the movement Zero Waste (Zero Waste) plays a very important role. And what does it consist of? In generating the minimum possible waste derived from our daily actions in the day to day, putting special focus on plastics.
Bea Johnson was the forerunner of this lifestyle, more than ten years ago she decided to make changes in her home and share her experience to encourage many more people to take this step. Today he has thousands of followers and his book Residuo Cero at home (Pol·len Edicions) has become a Best Seller.
Simple examples are small gestures such as shopping with fabric bags, washable and reusable. Also use cloth bags to store fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator and glass containers for other foods. Change the plastic bottles by glass bottles or stainless steel. Use a bamboo toothbrush or change the aluminum foil to wrap sandwiches and snacks with a reusable cloth cover.
There are so many options to start changing our lives that the list of enumerations would be endless. In recent decades, the plastic and disposable items that are most abundant in our homes, in our kitchens and among our personal hygiene items; They have become essential, comfortable and practical.
The change in our lives towards the Zero Waste movement can seem laborious, especially because of the effort and awareness that we must apply.
TIPS TO START YOUR CHANGE.
Although there are humans in this world who are super heroes of Zero Waste, great defenders of the planet, of our nature, of our seas, and are all an example to follow; we recommend that you start little by little.
If we all start to change small things in our domestic environment, we will achieve a great benefit for our world in global terms.
Reduce: look around, reflect on where you can start and immediately you will find where you can REDUCE the amount of unnecessary plastic around you. When you make the purchase, choose to bring your home cloth bags, both large and smaller bags that will be used for fruit and vegetables. The ideal is to buy fresh produce in markets, and look for a store where you can buy dry products (legumes, cereals, flours …) in bulk. But if you buy on a large area, do not worry, there are more and more options to buy food by weight instead of buying them in plastic trays, so you can carry bags of fabric to make your purchase more sustainable.
Recycling: eliminating 100% of all food and hygiene containers, it is very complicated. Yes you can try to reduce them, as we pointed out in the previous point, and you can also RECYCLE those single-use containers you have bought or used.
Zones: the largest volume of plastics and areas of the home where you can immediately start to change small things that are worth eliminating, without involving a big job, are the KITCHEN and the BATHROOM.
Do not get overwhelmed: above all, be flexible with yourself. For example, if one day your reusable bag is dirty and you must use a plastic bag, do not be mortified, you know that these are specific cases and that in most cases you are taking care of the planet. If you think about it strictly, it may seem like a titans task and you will abandon it before; If you are changing habits little by little in a few months you will see that you have advanced and you have incorporated into your routine those things that you initially proposed between your objectives or, on the contrary, things that you never imagined.
Educate and Contagiar: it is usually the parents who educate their children, but there are also children who can teach new things to their parents. In any case, it is not about forcing anyone to change their life, but to explain, educate and try to “spread” good ideas to our family and friends: if you show them how you do it, why you do it and what it is very easy.
GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH.
The reduction of plastic in our daily life, besides being good for the planet, has another reason to be: take care of your health.
In recent years you must have heard the great controversy that revolves around Bisphenol-A, also known as BPA. What is it? It is a compound present in plastic materials that has the ability to alter the endocrine system. BPA is, therefore, what is called a hormonal or endocrine disruptor (1).
Among the adverse effects include:
Diabetes and obesity.
Reduction of the amount of sperm.
Impairment of immune function.
Decrease in enzyme antioxidant levels.
Changes in behavior Hyperactivity, aggressiveness (two)
Scientifically, it has been demonstrated that BPA has the ability to migrate to the foods with which it is in contact. Therefore, Bisphenol-A from plastic bottles, bags and other containers, is present in the water we drink and in the food we eat. (3)
And for that reason, changing some habits at home and incorporating “new systems” of purchase and storage will be positive to take care of our organism. Why do we write “new systems” in quotation marks? Because it’s not about anything new, it’s about looking back and “rescuing” those things that our grandparents did at home; the cloth napkins, the steel or glass lunch box, the bread bag of a lifetime … it’s nothing new.
WEBS AND REFERENCE BLOGS
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AN ORIGINAL TOUCH
All the packaging of our products are recyclable, but if you also want to give them another life with an original touch, you can make small boxes or lunch boxes to transport your snacks, breakfast for the children’s school, and to keep food at home. If you lined them with a piece of fabric that you were also going to throw away, you’ll look great: https://bit.ly/2Hs6GWF
Information source in appointments (1), (2) and (3): CONASI, Cooking and Healthy Home Blog.
Reference article in the link https://www.conasi.eu/blog/consejos-de-salud/bisfenol-a-bpa/