We live in a society that creates too much waste. Things are made for convenience, not for durability. Some products are actually been made to break so that they can be replaced. Disposable plates and cutlery are a staple in some households. Nonetheless, with the Green Movement sweeping around the world, there are plans to make that could influence your life in great way. Here are some of the top trends taking place.
In a trend that is picking up momentum, several states in the U.S are considering putting a ban on plastic. For the moment, apart from plastic bags, other plastic byproducts, such as plastic bottles and Styrofoam, are coming under fire. These are the leading contributors to landfills. While other things decay over time, plastic can take hundreds of years before it breaks down. In the future, single-serving sized water bottles could be banned from states. It’s already happening in Massachusetts.
Paper bags, especially recyclable paper bags, are getting a good rep as a sustainable replacement for plastic bags. It has many qualities such as being sturdy and able to carry easily. But, while it might be more sustainable than plastic bags, it requires the cutting down and harvesting of trees. More dependence on paper bags would mean more trees that were cut down to supply the need.
As more and more people get up in arms to take advantage of loopholes in laws and just all around ignoring the health of the consumers, more time and thought is going into making laws that would hold them responsible for what they do. Companies will have to be held accountable for their practices and the effect it has on the people and environment. They will have to increase their efficiency in production and decrease their emissions.
What if a robot could strip concrete off a pre-existing structure and then use that same concrete to make another building? What if you could turn spoiled milk into fabric? Insulation made out of mushroom materials? Tree bark into leather? The list of innovative designs is growing larger every day. Such innovations will solve the problems that society is plagued with today.
3D products might be the next new trend as the technology becomes more and more accessible for private use. And because it can reuse various types of plastics it seems it might gain more popularity as a tool for future sustainability. It is possible that 3D printers can even be used on a large scale to build things like houses. It can create jobs in cities and stimulate growth. It might be the future of mass manufacturing.