“The earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs but not every man’s greed” -Mahatma Gandhi
Today I want to mention a serious problem with you with I find mind-blowing and totally illogical for me, namely- single use vapes.
Vapes was available for use since 2003 but they gained popularity almost seven years later in 2010 when this business exploded. At first they were made with idea of an alternative for normal cigarettes, but it wasn’t long before teens just started buying it because of the cool taste and mostly for fun. We still haven’t discovered all bad consequences of vapes but for sure we know that almost 2.5 million underaged people hit it every day, and that is only in United States.
We as people are becoming more aware of climate change or more climate catastrophe. We are reducing our carbon footprint, we buy eco-friendly products or use products more than once…oh exactly. In 2010 when vape business grower rapidly they were build from a rechargeable battery, liquid container, heating device and plastic cover. When someone emptied the liquid, he could simply buy another bottle so it made it quite reusable. So what has gone wrong? As always -money. When someone bought just a device, it last for as long as electric devices inside allowed it ,so similar as phone. Apparently the income was too small for producers so they made most illogical decision (of course in ecological sense) they switched to single use vapes that costs 1/3 of a normal pod price but they lasts for 1-2 days of use. Perfect for a party yeah? Not so much witch its results.
Single use vapes are built from battery and heating device which can be extremely dangerous and toxic if it’s not rightly disposed or returned to a store…and believe me they are not. Inside of this tasty little sticks there is dangerous particles such as lithium, nickel, manganese or cobalt. On the landfills exposed to rain they can easily poison water and soil or even cause a fire due to self-ignition.
It is speculated that we throw away 10 tones of lithium a year only from disposable vapes which is sum of 1,200 Tesla car batteries.
Personally, I think that every battery should be used a lot more than once as it is not renewable and toxic power source. We should endeavour to throw away less and make it circular as much as we can, so getting rid of a plastic stick with a battery after one day of ,,pleasure” with a funny taste is total nonsense.
My advice to you is to think before buying anything cause it really matters, there is a statement that with every purchase you are shaping the world you live in, so to shape it well we should be aware of what we choose and how it impact our surroundings.