COVID-19: single use plastic ranking high

COVID-19: single use plastic ranking high

And at Twiggzy, we find this depressing! According to an article published in La Presse on August 27th, ''The idea behind prohibiting single use plastic items today is much less popular amongst canadians.''

According to the director of the Laboratory of food analytical sciences from the University of Dalhousie, the COVID-19 crisis ''has affected our perceptions on plastic.''

People seem to wrongly think that this extremely polluting matter is safer, and the oil industry contributed to this belief by creating campaigns of misinformation.

About a hundred health experts have answered to these deceitful affirmations by signing a declaration attesting that reusable products are just as safe as disposable ones. This is why Twiggzy encourages you to (re)instill proper habits, starting now.

As Sandrine Tessier, spokesperson of the Quebec Association of Zero Waste has put it so well, ''the combat against plastic, and more globally, against the warming of the climate, must not stop because of this pandemic.'' 

So, how do we reduce our single-use plastic consumption?

It is actually simple: by opting for reusable products! There are not 36 solutions! You can replace a multitude of products in the blink of an eye, without causing yourself any headaches. You will find many examples in our different blogs (school, kitchen, bathroom, camping, etc.).

So what is our problem?

It isn't complicated: we are used to putting everything in the garbage without really questioning ourselves... Think about it, for example, the blue masks made of polypropylene... Because they are so easy, people use them without really thinking and leave them pretty much anywhere (parking lots, sidewalks, parks...).  Like me, you have seen some haven't you? It is a real problem! And, well, they could take up to 450 years to decompose according to Jean-François Gérard, professor and researcher at the University of Lyon. It is incredible! (And think of the people who have to pick up the waste and risk getting contaminated with coronavirus, amongst other things...)

It is therefore time to review our habits and reduce our dependancy on single use products.

Consumption habits: what if we got our inspiration form our ancestors?

Our great-grandparents didn't live in a society of consumption like ours. In order to save, they avoided throwing out anything they could save or reuse. They didn't do it to save the planet. No! They behaved this way because they were preoccupied by their wallets. Cooking, borrowing, cleaning, repairing, mending, reusing, converting... These are all gestures that we have at our fingertips! Let's use what we already have. Let's put our system into activation. 

It isn't true that we always have to get something new to be happy!

What do you think?

Mélanie