LIVE BIODEGRAD­ABLE

Opt for biodegrad­able al­ter­na­tives to ev­ery­day prod­ucts in or­der to min­imise waste build- up on our planet.

Home & Decor (Malaysia) - - Eco-Warrior -

Liv­ing in the age of con­sumerism and a throw-away cul­ture, we of­ten for­get that most of what we throw out may never quite “dis­ap­pear” in our life­time.

At this rate, the reper­cus­sions of an in­creas­ing amount of waste will only leave the planet in a dire, ir­re­versible con­di­tion.

As man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nol­ogy im­proves, we are cre­at­ing more non-biodegrad­able prod­ucts that do not break down nat­u­rally. Did you know that the hum­ble plastic bag takes 200 to 1,000 years to de­com­pose? Or that a dis­pos­able di­a­per takes 550 years?

As more of such waste builds up, we be­gin to see its im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment. For in­stance, when left ex­posed to the nat­u­ral el­e­ments in the long term, petroleum-based prod­ucts (like plastic) can emit toxic pol­lu­tants into the soil or wa­ter, in turn harm­ing our health.

On the other hand, biodegrad­able prod­ucts are much kinder to our planet, so choose to use them in­stead. Made from nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, they can be bro­ken back down into gases, wa­ter, and sim­ple or­ganic mol­e­cules by the ac­tion of bi­o­log­i­cal or­gan­isms and pro­cesses.

In fact, biodegrad­able waste can be used for com­post­ing (see how at www.tinyurl.com/ HD­com­post­ing) or as a re­source for heat, elec­tric­ity and fuel when in­cin­er­ated.

So, be­fore you grab that sty­ro­foam cup at the of­fice pantry, re­mem­ber that greener al­ter­na­tives are avail­able.

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