Updated: Apr 12
Our Earth planet is overwhelmed with plastic and useless things that we humans have accumulated and thrown away. However, why are we so attached to the material world? Where will things end up when we leave the world? What can we take with us? We were born naked and we will leave this world naked. Do we really need so many things, cars, clothes, plastics, paper, glass and meat? Couldn’t we downsize our material world?
We could begin with, for example, sorting out waste or better - start living a "zero waste" lifestyle. Moreover, thoroughly think about if we really need something before we buy it, such as plastic bottles, cosmetic products. Maybe first we can try to have our own cloth bags for shopping, our own water bottle and reusable cup for coffee and tea. Even these little things can be helpful for reducing wastes on Earth.
Do you know that 29 km2 of nature was saved last year thanks to the waste sorting? This was achieved by recycling and reusing 71% of the total production of package materials!
In this blog, we are going to introduce to you the trash recycling categories in Prague. You certainly know something about it, but you might not be sure how to properly and efficiently sort out the waste.
1. Recycle bin for plastic:
Pressed down plastic water bottles with cap, rinsed yoghurt cups and other plastic containers.
67 % of the plastic package is recycled and used in the Czech Republic annually.
2. Recycle bin for liquid packaging board:
Rinse and press down the packaging. You can leave the cap on.
30,000 liquid packaging boards are needed to produce building boards to build one house.
3. Recycle bin for the paper:
Newspapers, magazines, boxes, cardboard or books, paper envelopes and office paper belong to the blue bin. Paper that is greasy, wet or otherwise contaminated and also baby diapers and other hygiene products don’t belong to this bin!
Unfold the paper boxes into one flat piece. You can leave staples in magazines. Paper envelopes can be thrown into this bin even with the plastic window part. Remove the plastic bubble wrap from the bubble envelope.
Do you know that 85% of the paper package is recycled and reused in the Czech Republic every year?
4. Recycle bin for glass:
Glass waste is sorted into a green or white bin. If both are available, it is important to sort glass by colour: coloured glass to the green bin, transparent glass to the white one. If there is only one glass bin, put glass in it regardless of colour. It is not necessary to break the glass, it will be further sorted at the factory. Due to its qualities, glass waste can be recycled infinitely.
Every year 77 % of glass package is recycled and reused in the Czech Republic.
Ceramics and porcelain, car glass, mirrors or wired glass, gilded and plated glass must not be thrown into the glass recycling bin. Please, return the returnable glass bottles back to the store.
5. Collection yard:
Old furniture, carpets, linoleum, washbasins, toilets, kitchen cabinets, electrical appliances, small-sized construction waste, etc.
6. Bin for electro, metals, bio-waste
7. Textile bins:
Clean clothes, shoes, bed linen packed in bags.
Toothpaste, mascara, receipts, as well as other contaminated packages that cannot be washed out or greasy paper belong to municipal waste bins.
Do you know that the plant-based diet has big impacts on protecting our planet? Do you know that the Amazon Forest fire was intentionally established to provide more cattle pasture? Here are some the percentages, which show the reality more accurately;
1. Insects - 75-98 % decline
2. Mammals – 83 % destroyed
3. Forests – 80 % is gone
4. Ocean life – 80 % smoothed
5. Seabirds – 70 % gone
6. Wildlife – 67 % destroyed
7. Plants – 50 % destroyed
8. Earthworms – 83 % decline
9. Pollinators – 40 % almost extinct
Before; it is too late, let us protect our planet Earth together. Everyone’s changes count. In the end, we would like to share with you a story, which shows a new behaviour or idea when spread rapidly by unexplained means from one group to all related groups, once a critical number of members of one group exhibit the new behaviour or acknowledge the new idea. It is the Hundredth Monkey effect.
In 1952, on the island of Koshima, scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkey liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but they found the dirt unpleasant.
An 18-month-old female named Imo found she could solve the problem by washing the potatoes in a nearby stream. She taught this to her mother. Her playmates also learned this new way and they taught their mothers too.
Between 1952 and 1958 all the young monkeys learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes to make them more palatable. Only the adults who imitated their children learned this social improvement. Other adults kept eating the dirty sweet potatoes.
Then something startling happened. In the autumn of 1958, a certain number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes -- the exact number is not known. Then almost everyone in the tribe was washing sweet potatoes before eating them. A most surprising thing observed by these scientists was that the habit of washing sweet potatoes then jumped over the sea. Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys at Takasakiyama began washing their sweet potatoes.
The Hundredth Monkey effect implies that some good habits or virtues actions seem small, but if we continue to do it persistently, there will be startlingly good results.
Thank you for your reading!