Save the World: Alternatives to plastic I

Alternativas al plástico – We live in a plastic world, but another world is possible

In a previous section, we talked about the Pacific plastic vortex, that ‘island’ of plastic and other debris that swirls in the Pacific Ocean. The one that is bigger than Turkey or Texas. Everybody is shocked when they hear about this, but how many of us stop and ask ourselves, ‘What can I do?’.

It turns out that there are some things that we can do. With a little effort, most of the plastic items that we use can be replaced with items that are biodegradable and more environmentally friendly.

Some are easy: Use glass or stainless steel containers instead of plastic bottles. Buy fabrics made of natural fibers like cotton, hemp or wool. Rubber is also a good alternative to plastic in many cases.

But some alternatives might not immediately occur to you. One of those might be bamboo. As incredible as it may seem, you can buy calculators and keyboards that have a body made entirely out of bamboo. Just as surprising is a hardhat that is made out of a sugarcane-based `plastic’, rather than a traditional petroleum-based one.

It may surprise you to learn just how many household items contain plastic. If this is something that concerns you (and it should concern everybody), take a look around your home and start to think how you can make the change.
i360-by-diverbo-useful-vocabulary USEFUL VOCABULARY

To swirl – arremolinarse
To turn out – resultar que
Stainless steel – acero inoxidable
Fabric – tejido, tela
Hemp – cáñamo
Wool – lana
Hardhat – casco protector
Sugarcane – caña de azúcar
Household – del hogar



11/05/2015Level - difficulty 2United StatesAudio