Recycling plastic lids to help the warriors
20.02.2024

In the era of rapid changes and technological development, the search for innovative approaches to solving current problems is becoming an integral part of our society. One such problem is the issue of plastic pollution, which has a negative impact on the environment. Within this context, the idea of recycling plastic lids to support warriors represents not only an innovative method of combating environmental problems, but also a meaningful step in providing for the needs of the country's defenders.

Earth pollution with waste leads to the annual extinction of dozens of animal species and a rapid deterioration in human health. Scientists are calling for a reduction in the amount of plastic consumed, factories are using recycled materials, and volunteers are collecting covers for dentures. Let's figure out how it works.

Why are plastic caps collected?

Every year people throw away more than 9 billion tons of plastic waste. Once in the water, they are spread throughout the planet, ending up even in the most remote corners. Depending on the type of plastic, they cause various harm to the environment and humanity:

  • PET releases toxins when exposed to high temperatures or direct sunlight;
  • High-density polyethylene does not decompose;
  • PVC releases chlorine and other toxins;
  • Low-density polyethylene, which is found in bags, takes more than 500 years to decompose;
  • Polypropylene spreads toxic aldehydes;
  • Polystyrene pollutes water, decomposing into small particles within 300 years.

Recycling plastic reduces the amount of waste ending up in the earth and oceans. New technologies make it possible to reuse plastics without increasing the total volume of plastics on the planet. Initially, only bottles were recycled, and the caps remained in landfills. But in recent years, it has become possible to grind the caps into crumbs for melting down into new products. Some companies exclusively recycle plastic caps.

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How denture covers are used

Ukrainian volunteers combined concern for the environment with assistance to the military. For example, the charitable organization "OVES" launched a project to collect plastic caps. Containers for them are located throughout Ukraine in various government agencies, public places, supermarkets and even some churches. 

Plastic bottle caps are collected in large quantities to be sent to recycling plants. Prostheses are not cast from the resulting plastic chips. For the delivered weight of plastic products, factories transfer money to the fund. When the required amount is accumulated, volunteers pay for prosthetics for military personnel who have lost limbs.

Bottle caps for dentures can be of any color, size and marking. One simple prosthesis costs approximately 6 thousand euros, which is equivalent to 15 tons of waste. Plastic collection campaigns are supported by volunteer associations, schools, kindergartens, condominiums. 

The social aspect of collecting denture caps

Plastic recycling makes it possible:

  • reduce the amount of harmful compounds entering the environment;
  • stop the sharp increase in diseases associated with toxin poisoning;
  • save nature.

Plastic covers for prosthetics help military personnel who lost limbs in the battles for the freedom of Ukraine return to a full life. Often after an injury, people withdraw into themselves and are afraid to go outside. Many do not have enough money to restore their own mobility. 

Collections of plastic lids – this is a real opportunity to help the military. The more people join the action, the more heroes get back on their feet. Don't throw bottle caps in the trash. Find the nearest collection point, save the environment, and help the warriors who sacrificed so much for our freedom.