17 May is International Recycling Day. This day aims to raise public awareness of the importance of treating waste properly in order to protect the environment. Did you know that all the plastic that is generated has an impact on it? The pollution of ecosystems, especially marine ecosystems, is a reality that seems to have no end, with more than 8 tonnes of plastic ending up in the sea every year. One of the main uses of plastic is in food packaging.
But is it dangerous for our health? Should we decrease its use? Read on to find out all the details.
Why is plastic recycling vital for the environment?
More than 8.5 billion tonnes of plastic is the amount we have generated since the early 1950s, the decade in which large-scale production of products made from synthetic materials burst into our lives, largely taking over product packaging. Of all these tonnes of plastic, only about 10% has been recycled,15% incinerated and the remaining percentage is accumulating in landfills or in the environment.
The vast majority of plastics are not biodegradable, which means that they remain with us for hundreds or even thousands of years. This situation has led to the marine environment becoming a huge dumping ground due to the amount of rubbish we produce and irresponsibly dispose of. Do you know how much plastic ends up in the sea and oceans every year? Around 8 million tonnes. The estimate for 2025, if this dynamic is not reduced, will be double the amount. This in turn translates into the death of more than 1.5 million marine animals every year due to the ingestion of plastics and microplastics spread in the aquatic environment.
For all the above reasons, the benefits of recycling plastic and reducing its use are more than evident, it allows us to save a large amount of waste and residues that end up in our environment, and that will allow us to have a better quality of life, both for us and for our planet.
How does the use of plastic packaging affect food?
Plastic packaging and materials are very versatile, flexible, moisture resistant and very economical. This means that they are widely used for transporting or carrying foodstuffs, but is all that it boils down to is gold? The answer is no. The plastic wrapping that covers food, especially if heated with it, can release a number of hormonal pollutants that can be harmful to health.
When food is packaged or received in plastic wrapping, it is likely that, depending on the characteristics of the material or the way it is handled, substances from the packaging may migrate directly into the food. Plastic, as you have seen, is present in our daily lives, and it may not be possible to eliminate it completely, but we must be able to rationalise and reuse it. A socially responsible use must be imposed in order to progressively reduce the effects of plastic in our lives, as well as its correct recycling.
At Grupo Vifra we are fully aware, we have a product development policy that focuses on improving the sustainable characteristics and choice of raw materials, as well as facilitating the ability to recover and recycle packaging at the end of its useful life. We have always been committed to the circular economy, placing waste at the disposal of authorised waste managers so that it can be managed in a way that respects our ecosystem and generates a minimum impact. .
Desde grupo Vifra queremos visibilizar el día internacional del reciclaje y poner a vuestra disposición nuestros envases ecológicos y sostenibles respetuosos con el medio ambiente y perfectos para tus alimentos.