Casting for straws: What harm business is carrying eco-steps

Casting for straws: What harm business is carrying eco-steps

It is hardly at least some consumer product that has earned as much censure as plastic tubes.

They have become a symbol of human wastefulness and irresponsible attitude to the environment.

The perfect embodiment of evil.

People use a straw only once, and it remains with us forever-at garbage training grounds, in the waters of the oceans.

That is why the authorities of some regions introduced a ban on plastic tubes and another one -time dishes.

For example, they did this in New York.

The decision seemed very logical, even though the tubes make up a small part of all plastic, which is annually thrown out in the world.

Green economy What kind of garbage is the most on the Kuban beaches But in the end, the ban on tubes clearly showed how difficult to implement can be elementary, at first glance, ideas.

He also demonstrated how these or other initiatives can be more harmful than inaction.

And the quirks of consumer behavior become the fault of this.

It is enough to see only one example: not so long ago, restaurants and bars replaced plastic tubes with metal.

Immediately after that they were faced with an unexpected trouble that New York Post wrote about: it turned out that customers gladly carry straw home.

Restaurateurs found themselves in a difficult situation.

Metal straws are much more expensive – about the dollar apiece, while plastic costs only a couple of cents.

So the costs of replacing one with another are quickly added to an impressive amount.

All this would not be such a problem if the same pipes that visitors to bars and restaurants take with them were used regularly.

But people just boast of them like something new, and then throw a new toy into a dryer for cutlery and forget about it forever.

And this means that the metal analogues of straws (to make them, you must first get metal, and then spend a bunch of energy to turn it into a thin sheet and turn into a tube) turned out to be a very effective way to solve environmental problems.

Green economy Why is care in the 21st century Another example is reusable bags for going to the store.

Much more energy is spent on their production than on the release of a disposable paper or plastic package.

So such a replacement becomes justified only if you use them at least 40 times.

But most chopers are lost, thrown away or simply remain somewhere on the far shelf of the cabinet long before they serve the due date.

As a result, the effect of them comes down to zero.

Most likely, the situation with metal tubes is not much different from the story with eco -vagaries.

And if they are not used by the required number of times, then there will be more harm from such straws than from their plastic predecessors.

In order for the product eco -bosom to justify the energy spent on its production, it needs to use at least 40 times.

But there is another solution dictated by the economy: instead of prohibiting disposable plastic dishes, you can tax it.

So people will have to pay or, as economists would say, intern would be environmental costs.

This will force consumers to change their behavior: people as a whole will reduce the consumption of plastic, and those who already do not see special advantages in the use of disposable dishes will use it even less.

Practice shows that even small fines can significantly change the behavior of customers: for example, in Chicago, a tax of only 7% per bags in stores led to a decrease in their use by 42%.

Green economy Minister of Nature Dmitry Kobylkin – on the prohibition of plastic and waste collection The amount of tax can vary depending on what harm threatens the ecology of a particular thing.

So people will think more about which type of plastic is more harmful to the ecology.

In addition, the funds received can be directed to solving environmental problems.

So no matter how obvious the decision may seem, it is most important to make it work in real life.

And here taxes may be more effective than prohibitions.


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