In every Earth Day, we advertise about the importance of environmental conservation. Nonetheless, how much have we done to reduce carbon footprint? According to Science Direct, the amount of plastic wastes generated worldwide since the outbreak is estimated at 1.6 million tonnes/day. While adapting to the new norm, how much more we can do to minimise the damage to our planet?
We discard millions of facemask with plastic package every day. (Image from Unsplash)
Considering hygiene concern, everyone changes their mask few times a day. According to HK government official website, as disposable face masks are made of composite materials of different kinds and metals which are difficult to be separated, they cannot be recycled as they may contaminate other recyclables. Not until we can go mask-free, we still need to think of ways to make wearing mask less wasteful.
Institutions like EcoDrive and [Maskology](https://hk.asiatatler.com/life/hong-kong-biodegradable-face-masks#:~:text=To minimise the environmental impacts,set to launch within 2021.) have produced reusable and bio-degradable masks that allows customers to protect themselves and reduce plastic use meanwhile. As a consumer, we have a choice to choose what to wear to save plastic use.
Bamboo utensils are good alternatives to the plastic ones. (Image from Unsplash)
With the closure of restaurant, most people opt for takeaway these days. According to Green Queen, a study estimated that the number of takeaway food orders in the city have surged 55% to reach 21.1 million every single week, up from 13.5 million before the pandemic began. Such a climb reveals the rising demand as well as the usage of plastic utensils. In total, the amount of single-use plastic tableware – including straws, containers, cutlery and bags – reached 101.8 million pieces every single week, representing a more than doubling of the figure recorded in the year before.
With companies starting to roll out reward campaign, we can bring our food container & cutlery to save more and get bonus. Do not settle for convenience as it is slowly poisoning the planet.
The package that brings us the prestige feeling is indeed harming our planet. (Image from Unsplash)
With everyone stays indoor and get quarantine, e-commerce has risen rapidly across the globe. A rocket number of order indicates a pile of package boxes and plastic wraps. A recent study by Oceana found that Amazon generated 465 million pounds of plastic packaging waste in 2019.
As the end consumer, our attitude towards an enterprise's commitment to social cause influence a lot on the way they create products. While we opt for aesthetic packages for better brand experience, we also need to beware of how such feeling brings harm to the ecosystem. As more enterprises dedicated to design biodegradable or edible packages according to DHL, we may consider supporting them to attain sustainable consumption.
Regarding a report from Reuter, higher price of new plastic leads to lower demand on such raw materials comparing to non-recycled plastic. As it takes time to commercialise the new plastic and reach a more affordable price, business can target more at well-educated and eco-conscious consumers to balance out the profit and the aspiration. As for the consumer at lower income level, they can still advocate package-free products and adopt reusable utensils to preserve the environment without much cost.
As a business who believes in sustainability, we utilise recycled plastic bottles to make our bags. We understand that economy and business can co-exist if we promote an ethical consumption to the public. We are not just creating bags, but rather a solution to make purchase guiltless.
Eco-friendly products are the new black.