Greece without disposable plastic…
For the past 70-80 years we have been using disposable plastic. They have been established because of the "convenience" they offer in people's daily lives, and have become a habit and/or a fashion. They now pose a serious problem for public health and the environment. Tons of plastics are produced every year around the world. Even though they are being used for a few years, it takes thousands of years (!) for them to decompose…
Single-use plastics are those used only once before being discarded or recycled. These include products such as plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soft drink and water bottles and most food packaging.
About 300 million tons of plastic are being produced every year and half of them are disposable! Globally, only 10-13% of plastics are being recycled. The nature of petroleum-based plastics makes recycling difficult.In addition, there is a limited number of products in which recycled plastics can be used as raw materials.
Oil-based plastic is not and usually goes to landfill or eventually “finds its way into the sea”. Indeed, plastic cannot be bio-degraded (decomposing into a natural substance such as soil), on the contrary, it will decompose into tiny particles after many years. In the process of decomposition, it releases toxic chemicals (additives used to shape and harden the plastic) that enter the food and water chain.
These toxic chemicals are now circulating in our bloodstream and according to scientific research disrupt our endocrine system causing cancer, infertility, genetic mutations, reduced immunity and many other diseases.
The time for a “free-from-disposable-plastic” Greece is coming!
In the near future, Greece, on the initiative of the Minister of Environment, incorporates a bill in the relevant EU Directive for the withdrawal of 9 types of disposable plastics: styrofoam food containers, styrofoam cups and their lids, styrofoam cups, plates, straws, swabs, balloon supports and drink stirrers. As of early July 2021, all these will be a thing of the past.