Thursday, 13 February 2020

How Tissue Paper is a Threat To Our World

Anuj Ramatri started #pledgetoavoidtissues.

Are aluminum drink cans better than plastic water bottles?

Are you wondering if you should buy drinks that are packed in aluminum cans or in PET bottles?

It depends on which country you are from and how the recycling rate is like for the packaging involved.  Recycling agents in Malaysia would rather take aluminium cans over plastic as one lorry load of aluminium cans earns more than one lorry load of PET bottles.

I read this article posted on July 20, 2019 by TAPP Water:

Glass vs plastic vs aluminium – what is the most sustainable choice?

This is what it reported:

% recovered for recycling in USA
Glass 80%
ALUMINIUM 45%
PLASTIC (PET) 9.5%

Though the recycling rate in reported is 80% for glass bottle, in Malaysia I am not able to find recycling agents for them.

If you read the report, "Disposable Drinking Bottles- Plastic vs. Glass vs. Aluminum" from Macquarie University in Australia website, the recycling rate is different:

Average Amount Currently Recycled reported in Australia
GLASS 50%
ALUMINIUM 50%
PLASTIC (PET) 60%

Maybe it is easier to make a decision based on your views from this report extracted from the report posted at TAPP Water:

Time to decompose
Glass bottle 1 million years*
Single use plastic 400 years
Carton Never**
Aluminium can 100-400 years

Decomposition residue
Glass bottle - Glass
Single use plastic - Microplastics
Carton - Some microplastics
Aluminium can - Metal scrap

How do you stop microplastics from polluting the environment?  Based on this, I would rather choose aluminium over PET bottles.

If you still cannot make up your own mind on it, read what "The Aluminum Association" has to say about it.

Extracted:
"Nearly 75 percent of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today.

Infinitely recyclable and highly durable, nearly 75 percent of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today. Aluminum is 100 percent recyclable and retains its properties indefinitely. Aluminum is one of the only materials in the consumer disposal stream that more than pays for the cost of its own collection."

Note: Though carton is reported not to decompose and there are microplastics residue when they decomposed, if you google "Tetrapak gets recycled into roof sheets" you can read about their efforts with with local charity in Thailand to turn recycled cartons into roofing sheets to provide emergency shelter for people in need.

See how Tetrapak  is recycled in India to benefit the public.


Tetrapak is working on raising awareness that their cartons can be recycled.  I think that children in school should be taught during their art and craft class lessons on how they can extract paper out of cartons as shown in this video.

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Packaging You Can Eat

In future, maybe most of our food packaging will be made of waste material that we can eat. You may even consider growing your own.

Friday, 7 February 2020

What happens to the TetraPak cartons you recycled?

Are you wondering what happen to the TetraPak cartons that you had diligently put out for recycling?

In Thailand, under the Green Roof project, with the support of local charity, Tetra Pak turn recycled cartons into roofing sheets to provide emergency shelter for people in need.

See how TetraPak cartons are collected in India and made into benches to be placed at public parks and school.


You can learn to do it on a small scale by watching this video.

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Are you experimenting with making beeswax wrap?

Most DIY instructions I read use 100% cotton fabric to make the wrap.  The reason is, if you use stretchable material like cut outs from your old t-shirt, the beeswax may not able to coat the surface fully or the wax may crack once you stretch the finished product.

I read from the instruction posted at Apartment Therapy that “the best options for fabric are something about the thickness of a bed sheet with a very tight weave”. So you can consider using your used bedsheet to make beeswax wrap.



From that article I discovered how partially waxed wraps can be saved by using the beeswax beads or pellets and parchment paper method. You can sprinkle a small amount of wax beads on those areas that did not get waxed, place a parchment paper over un-waxed side of the fabric and iron over it.

So, now I know, there are actually other ways to making beeswax wrap.  You can also learn the methods and how to use your wraps by watching this video.



Another discovery I made is that you can even make Beeless Vegan Food Wraps!  You use carnauba wax or candelilla wax flakes with jojoba oil as shown in this video.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Edible Water Bottle

"Containers" for drinking water from Skipping Rocks Lab are made of plants and seaweed which makes it possible for you to swallow it, with the water, whole.



Since, they are biodegradable, I wonder if it will be possible to leave a few blobs to water plants in my garden while I am away on a holiday.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Re-using the magnetic whiteboard with alphabets your kids have outgrown

What can you do with the magnetic whiteboard with alphabets your kids have outgrown?



I am still keeping the set I bought for my children years ago as I can use the alphabets like a stencil for creating craft work.

Here is one noticeboard I did for a Buddhist Society I was a member at.



I named it, "Poem in my Ears", to hang strings of good attributes to cultivate.



Like the idea?  You should not have any problem finding such whiteboard with alphabets at Amazon.