A second life for plastic lids

Have you ever wondered how much plastic we use in our daily lives? The production amount of plastic waste is about 9 billion tons per year, and this number is only increasing every year. There are different types of plastic, and of different quality. Some types of plastic are recyclable, while others, unfortunately, cannot be recycled nowadays and accumulate in the natural environment. One of the well-known types of plastic is plastic lids.

The basis of plastic lids is the substance polypropylene (PP) which is part of food trays, cups, and packaging for cereals and candies (a characteristic feature is rustling). In the soil, pure polypropylene decomposes completely in 20-30 years, but this period depends on contaminants and may be accompanied by the release of toxic aldehydes. The lids are also dangerous because they can pollute water bodies and eventually end up in the ocean.

Therefore, their proper disposal is crucial. One of the ways is the collection of caps and their transfer to the foundation, which is specially engaged in the collection of this plastic raw material, and with the income of their sale, the prostheses for the injured people in the hostilities are bought. For this purpose, the employees of the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies also collected plastic lids and handed them over to the appropriate collection sites (as well as used batteries for their proper disposal).

Actually, in April, many plastic lids were handed over to the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies by Zhyzareva Daryna – the 10th-grade student of Uzhhorod Secondary school #9 which we have already mentioned in our earlier publications: https://www.facebook.com/IERS.org.ua/posts/pfbid025CR7JLNSXDXsxoaYYpW4sbZSxHsu9jFavc6M7NAKRvqhyZ5jAJw1DN6DHHPrGw3rl

Today, conscious Europeans collect approximately 90% of plastic, Finns – 93%, Norwegians – 95%. In the countries of the post-Soviet Union, people are just beginning to strive for such indicators. In Ukraine, you can see containers for separate collections of various types of domestic waste. That’s why the girl believes that we must also follow European civilization’s achievements in the waste management field. That time, Daryna brought 5 liters of collected small lids and about a kilogram of large ones. Recently, a sincere and permanent partner of IERS – Andrij Donichenko, the head of the organization of people with disabilities had an appealing idea – make special mats for massage from the lids.

For this purpose, Andrii received collected caps from IERS and started making his own products. This way, plastic lids, which could have become solid domestic waste, are given a new life. In addition, you can make similar mats for wiping shoes, for example from snow, at the entrance to the house or work office.

Informational service of IERS

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