So traditionally chewing gum what made with chicle which is a natural gum that is made from tree sap. These days however most gum manufacturers have replaced chicle with polyethylene and polyvinyl acetate. Disgusting right?
Surely paper is far better than all the plastic packaging out there. We can recycle the paper bags, we can even compost them, so how is this new trend in any form harmful for the environment?!
Here are a few short facts on paper bags;
- It takes almost 4 times as much energy to manufacture a paper bag as a plastic bag
- The manufacturing of paper bags requires 20 times as much water as a plastic bag
4) Practice awareness for every purchase
Next time you go shopping try to pay real attention to what you buy. Question the manufacturers packaging methods; is it necessary? Did they use excessive packaging? Can it be recycled? If you feel that the manufacturer did use excessive packaging ask yourself if you really need this product ~ is there something else you could buy instead that would be a better option?
One of the advantages is that we always have a big lockable space on wheels in which we can store items we may need throughout the day.
When it comes to reusable items to reduce our waste I most often hear 'but I never remember to bring it with me'; so why not create your own Reusable kit which you always stash in a big bag or tub in the boot of your car.