Recycling & Recover
Why did we choose to use glass and aluminum containers?
- Because they are inert materials and do not interact with their content. They do not release toxic substances and do not contain potentially harmful chemicals that can be found in other materials.
- Because they are "ecological" materials for excellence. They are not polluting and are reusable for an unlimited number of times.
Why is it important to recycle them?
- It is important to recycle them because in this way the same raw material is reused and much less energy is needed for production.
THE OCEANS ARE THE "LUNGS OF THE EARTH
But now they are sick with plastic and pollution.
3 billion people have the ocean as a source of survival. 500 million men in the world base their lives on fishing, especially in developing countries. 70% of the air we breathe is produced by aquatic plants and 97% of the world's water is found in the oceans. They alone absorb 30% of man-made carbon dioxide. The oceans are our lungs but we are poisoning them. Italy, with its 7,458 km of coastline, does not fare better. Legambiente has cleaned 62 Italian beaches (for an area equal to 170 Olympic swimming pools) finding an average of 670 waste per 100 linear meters of beach. 84% of the garbage is made of plastic and 64% is disposable. Not even the Mediterranean is healthy. Despite being a semi-enclosed sea, it is invaded by cigarette butts and plastic bags. In the 43 European beaches monitored from 2014 to 2017, Legambiente found cigarette butts (20.7% of all beached waste), caps and lids (11%), plastic bottles (9.5%) and plastic bags ( 4.8%).
EACH OF US CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. HOW?
- Avoid plastic (especially the disposable plastic)
More than 8 million tons of plastic are thrown into the sea every year. In 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans. Each of the 500 billion plastic bags produced each year has a "life" of 15 minutes. On the Italian beaches a waste of three is a packaging. The mismanagement of urban waste is the first source of pollution in the Mediterranean. So choose paper or glass containers. Avoid using disposable plastic bags, bottles, caps and crockery.
- Produce less waste.
Every year 6 million tons of waste end up in the oceans and kill 100,000 turtles and other marine mammals in the European seas. When it does not kill, poison garbage: micro-plastics and chemical contaminants are eaten by fish and molluscs that end up on our tables, thanks to the food chain. So we are intoxicating ourselves: pesticides, oil and heavy metals also harm humans.
- Reuse and recycle
Give the containers a second life. Use them for other purposes. An empty vase that contained a cream can become a splendid candle holder.