On ‘Pepero Day’, each store is overflowing with gift peperos in various boxes or with ribbons. It’s pretty, but how much garbage? I bought a Pepero for a gift. When I bought a product with a handle that could be pulled like a travel bag, I got a box as big as a Pepero inside. The plastic handle does not come off easily, and the pepero inside is all individually wrapped. Garbage such as coated paper and plastic is generated. Some products were packaged in large plastic bins to shape the Pocky into a star.
Not only the packaging, but also the product itself may become garbage after anniversaries. During ‘Halloween Day’ this year, thanks to the popularity of the Netflix drama, squid game costumes and props were sold a lot. However, there is a high probability that the popularity of the squid game will not last until Halloween next year, so it is likely that they will be worn once or twice and thrown away. In fact, the British charity Fairyland Trust and the environmental group Hubverb estimated that in 2019, Halloween costumes sold in the UK alone generated more than 2,000 tons of plastic waste. What kind of materials are used for anniversary costumes, props, and packaging materials? Most of them are made of plastic, including synthetic fibers and ribbons used in clothing. In particular, anniversary clothes and accessories are often difficult to separate and dispose of because they are mixed with various materials and are attached with adhesive. Lee Yoon-hee, a senior researcher at the Climate Change Action Research Institute, said, “Even if consumers pay attention to clothes and accessories for anniversaries, they are not accurately classified by material, so there is a high possibility that they will be incinerated or landfilled.” If you use it once or twice, you will emit too many greenhouse gases. It’s nice to celebrate anniversaries, but why not think twice about how long you’ll be using it before you buy it? Please check the video for details. By Kim Yoon-joo, staff reporter [email protected]
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