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5 Eco-Friendly Alternatives of Plastic


5 Eco-Friendly Alternatives of Plastic

Plastics have taken over our surroundings, primarily our households. Everything that we see around us in our houses has some element or the other that is made from plastic. From containers, bags to chairs and shelves, the list of the materials in our households that are made from plastic is endless. Because of its durability, toughness, and resistance to corrosion, it will be not wrong if we term it as one of the revolutionary inventions of science and technology.

However, lately, we are beginning to realize that this invention is doing more harm than good for us. The compounds of plastic persist in nature for long periods of time, thus making it extremely dangerous. Another fact that adds to this is that a lot of plastic goods that we use including plastic bags and bottles are for one-time use.

A mind blogging estimation states that if the current trends continue, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the marine ecosystems than fish! The growing use of plastic products is a huge threat to marine life as tons of plastic end up in seas and oceans, causing horrifying plastic pollution. They break down into smaller harmful compounds which are ingested by marine organisms, choking them to death. There are innumerable reports of marine animals and sea birds dying by getting entangled in plastic debris. Not only that, when fish in the water bodies are contaminated by plastic, it enters the food chain and affects the health of human beings as well.

While the advocation of measures for the proper management of plastic waste is important, I think it is not enough. With the rate at which the use of plastic is accelerating and the myriad of ways in which it is dangerous for the environment, wildlife, and human beings, it is of urgent need that we find eco-friendly alternatives for plastic and start using them as much as possible.

Here are some eco-friendly alternatives to plastic.

1. Glass

You might be wondering how glass can be an eco-friendly alternative if it is not biodegradable. Although not biodegradable, plastic glass is not made up of toxic chemicals but is composed of sand. So it is considered chemically inert and not to mention sand is also a renewable natural resource. Another reason why glass can be a better option than plastic is that it is 100% recyclable which means that it can be recycled time and again.

2. Bamboo

Goods made from bamboo are becoming popular as it is not only renewable but also does not require any fertilizers or pesticides for their growth. And not to mention it breaks down easily in nature. So switch to a bamboo toothbrush, chopping board, and other household items available.

3. Bagasse

This novel alternative is produced from the waste left after the extraction of sugar from sugarcane. It is biodegradable and environmental friendly. It is being increasingly used in our country to make cutlery.

4. Palm Leaves

The use of palm leaves for the packaging of food items is being explored by people. It is an incredibly creative and biodegradable option. In this, the palm leaves that fall from a certain kind of palm tree, known as Areca palm are given different shapes.

5. Milk Protein

You will be surprised to know that milk protein was being used to develop a form of plastic in the late 19th century. However, it could not gain prominence because of its brittle nature. Scientists are working to transform casein (milk protein) into a material very similar to polystyrene, except for the fact that it will decompose completely in the environment. Once successfully developed, it has the potential to become a great alternative to polystyrene.


For our fight against deadly plastic pollution, it is the sole responsibility of every individual to reduce the usage of plastic, find alternatives that are sustainable and start using them as and when we can. I believe that if we keep ignoring the damages that plastic causes and make no efforts, the situation will get worse. Our collective efforts can make a huge difference.


Author-Ramesh Chaurasia

A superior and highly experienced entrepreneur in the field of business for quite a long time now. Also, a philanthropist, author and public speaker who believes in working towards the overall well being and betterment of the society as a whole.

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