Be a part of the solution not the pollution!
26/08/2020 | Ecohike
While we all understand that landfills are a serious hazard for the environment, there’s little we understand about the gases emitted from landfills. We know that there are organic and inorganic substances constituting landfills. Inorganic substances like plastic stay in landfills anywhere between 500 & 800 years before decomposing and organic substances like kitchen & yard waste can take as much as one year depending on factors like physical conditions, oxygen availability etc. What we need to understand is that if we add organic materials to landfills, they decompose in anaerobic conditions (without oxygen) releasing a highly potent green house gas- Methane apart from Carbon-dioxiode. Methane (CH4) can hold about 25 times more heat than carbon dioxide (CO2) and is thus much more harmful than carbon dioxide. Also, it is important to know that Nitrous oxide (N2O) is almost 300 times worse for the environment than CO2. So,firstly, there need to be concrete actions to ensure segregation of organic and inorganic waste to ensure that the organic waste is composted. Secondly, proper infrastructures are needed to trap the methane from the landfills to be converted and used as energy. While there has been an increased awareness and actions in this direction, this is still much to be done, especially in the developing nations.
An average American discards almost 1,000 pounds of garbage every year. 323.7 million Americans generate about 728,000 tons of daily garbage which is enough to fill 63,000 garbage trucks. The global figures aren’t any great either with nearly 1.3 billion tons of landfill waste every year and this is estimated to increase to 2.2 billion tons by 2025. With this rate we are fast approaching a scenario where the temperature levels on the earth with be extremely high and the living conditions will become inhospitable.
At Ecohike, we are not only trying to reduce the amount of landfills by using waste pet bottles and converting them to yarn but we are also finding ways to ensure that at the end of its life, an Ecohike product can be taken back and recycled to another product of same quality so that it never ends up in landfill.
Please reach out to us if you want more information on our plans and steps taken so far to achieve ZERO LANDFILLS with Ecohike!