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Single-use plastic (PUU)

These pages are yours. Le Franco allows its readers to take the floor to express their opinions. Gaétane Pelletier-Lucsanszky, retiree living in Vegreville, Alberta, is worried about the consumption of single-use plastic which she considers excessive.

How are we going to end our unfortunate plastic addiction? Year after year, we fill square meter after square meter with good and precious earth, reducing our living space on our only planet. We could say: “No problem, when we have finished transforming the earth into trash, we will only have to emigrate to an exoplanet since we have been finding some for some time”.

To reach the closest, it would take more than a human lifetime. One light year (Al) equals 6 billion miles, or 9 billion kilometers. According to Wikipedia, there are about 2000 solar systems within a 50 Al radius. Of these, 15% of them have planets the size of earth and in a habitable zone. We all know that we do not have the technology to access it and that we are very far from it. If we had it, the price to get there would be more than astronomical. Only a very wealthy few could think of embarking on it.

By far the most realistic option for the next hundred years at least, is to find a way of life more suited to our needs and those of our dear planet. Her needs are ours since it is she who keeps us alive. When I think, for example, of vitamins and other dietary supplements that are on long shelves in stores and pharmacies, I tell myself that all these PUU bottles could be replaced by containers made entirely of cardboard. Ultimately, we could, once at home, if we wanted to, transfer our pills into plastic containers that can be reused indefinitely.

Another “plastic landscape” is the one that awaits us in the pastry and grocery department. For my part, I store them and then put them for recycling. I imagine that’s what you do too. For me, it is essential to do so. However, it would be better not to have any to recycle at all. To recycle them, they must be heated to their melting point. All heating requires energy … electricity or fossil fuel. What could replace these containers? What’s your suggestion?

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