6 Harmful Things for The Environment “Inoffensive” Stuff We Produce That Are Moderately Damaging Our Planet.
In the earlier several decades, the obstacle of polluting our planet with waste has grown even more dangerous.
This is why more and more people are working to have a more eco-friendly lifestyle and take part in various movements, like #Trashtag.
However, we sometimes do things that we think are completely harmless, but that actually hurt our planet more than we can imagine.
For example, when we release hundreds and even thousands of helium balloons on holidays.
We at Bright Side encourage you to reconsider some of the things you do and make the right eco-conscious decisions whenever you can. So, when do we make a negative impact on the environment?
1. When we release Chinese sky lanterns
There have also been cases where power plants were broken and people’s houses were set on fire. Some people have even gone.
Still, at a similar time, some people understand that sky lamps are too very critical for animals, mainly the cattle that stop up consuming the plastic they’re composed of, along with including the grass they commonly eat.
Different animals, including domestic dogs, harm themselves and small animals and birds sometimes get embroiled in the wires and die.
Furthermore, the lanterns don’t evermore burn up perfectly, all just arrive back on the ground and convert trash. This photo was captured on the Muir of Dinnet Reserve in Britain.
This is why it is now banned to release sky lanterns in many countries. For example, in Russia, in 2014 it was prohibited to release these lanterns in cities, towns, and near forests.
In Great Britain, you will get a £2,500 fine, and in Brazil, you may be sentenced to 3 years in prison because it is considered a serious crime (big fires lead to huge economic loss).
2. When we bring stuffed animals to memorials
Unfortunately, sometimes tragedies happen that result in the death of completely innocent people, including children.
At moments like these, people in many cities create memorials where they bring stuffed animals and flowers. This is how people express grief and support for their loved ones.
Well, it is tolerably outspoken with the flowers (we can just get them to a dump, wherever they will decompose) exactly what do we do by the toys?
Most of the time, they are just deported to junkyards even though many people recommend cleaning them and giving them to poor children. This is what people in many countries do.
So, how should we show our grief? We don’t have the right to tell people what to do, but there is one little thing: when you buy a toy for a memorial, stop for a moment and think about what will happen to it later.
By the way, some internet users think that it is better to give this tradition up and just collect money to help the families who are going through the loss.
3. When we use too much packaging
The packaging is not only used to attract customers with its colorful look but also to keep products safe.
And many manufacturers and retailers use too much of it, to say the least, and use it even in cases where they really don’t need it. Just look at this:
You could say that we, regular people, have nothing to do with this and that it’s the manufacturers that are polluting our planet.
But remember this yourself when you wrap presents for your friends for the holidays! All those boxes and all that paper ends up in dumps (unfortunately, not all countries sort trash and recycle it). Here is a photo that was taken right after Christmas.
By the way, in 2015 in China alone, delivery services transported about 20 billion orders, having used 8.27 billion plastic bags and 9.92 billion packing boxes with duct tape. And almost all of these are in a dump right now.
So, is there anything we can do about this situation? First, don’t wrap presents and don’t use any extra boxes for this. And second, try to buy products that have as little packaging as possible.
4. When we buy useless things
Due to consumerism, people frequently buy totally useless items they don’t require. And a maximum of the time, this arises when people don’t think a buying through or because something has become popular.
And, unhappily, stupid things like disposable power banks are growing more and more popular. It is believed that people use them once and then throw them away and the elements they contain are far more dangerous for nature than regular trash.
What can we do? Just don’t buy these ridiculous inventions. These disposable power banks cost $2 to $3, and a regular power bank cost just about $10 to $15. Formerly there is no requirement, producers will stop producing these things.
5. When we buy next-gen smartphones
Big companies try to make as much money as possible, this is why they update their most advanced smartphone models twice a year.
There are a lot of features on our phones that we don’t even need, for example, a fingerprint scanner or a cool front-facing camera.
But for some reason, many people still buy the latest model smartphone, so designers and manufacturers keep making them.
The person who took this photo tells us that he sees this picture every year when tens of thousands of Samsung and iPhone cases are not needed anymore because new models are released.
because designers don’t really have any new ideas and new phones are rarely that much different from old ones.
6. When we release balloons
In many countries, there is a tradition of releasing balloons during different holidays and other public events, for example, on memorable days or tragic dates.
It seems wonderful and exciting but these rituals that seem totally harmless, truly do a lot of damage. And sometimes, according to experts, they commence to the terrible death of birds and other animals.
they either pop or deflate and fall back down to the ground. And they can land 20-50, or even 500, miles away from the original point of release.
So, pieces of latex and rubber, connected with thread, trash the most remote and beautiful places of our planet. Including they too kill animals, birds, and sea life that imagine that this waste is food.
And when this happens, their deaths are usually very slow and painful.
This is why, in many cities, it is either partially or completely prohibited to release balloons during public holidays and other events.