Now before you picture a sweet petite little lady in your head let me tell you that Ms. Poly is anything but that. She’s quite the opposite in fact. Ms. Poly is the very bane of our existence on this planet. Poly is quite simply short for Polyethylene. That’s right, the compound plastics are made of. Ms Poly is one such polymer turned to plastic that refuses to degrade, and simply exists far after her purpose is served, perpetually polluting the planet. Our little antagonist’s journey begins from the polymerisation of ethene. Polyethylene gives us tiny plastic pellets which are melted and moulded to get most of the plastic products we use in our daily lives. And right now, she’s looking super charming to us. Very cheap, colourful, shiny, multipurpose and not easily breakable. She can play a huge variety of roles in our lives and of course we’ve taken the bait. From here, let’s say our plastic pal is turned into a convenient plastic bowl, bought by a restaurant and delivered to us at our homes. While mine and your story in Ms Poly’s life ends right here when we dump her in the garbage, her adventures are just starting to begin! There are three things that could happen to Ms Plastic (aka Ms polyethylene) from here:

Scenario 1
She’s taken to a garbage dump and left there for years on end, waiting for her other Poly pals, and her one-time use cousins, to join her. Don’t worry she’s not going anywhere. Plastics you see, take centuries to begin to decompose and they will easily outlive any of us. You may use her once as a disposable cup but she lives on forever. Instead if you use eco friendly recyclable alternatives like our native Terracotta Kullad, our Royal Brass Tumbler, our healthy Copper Glass or even the stylish Glass ones, we would be saving our planet from thousands of plastics like Ms. Poly..

Scenario 2
She’s taken to be recycled and beaten, melted and moulded to a new form, maybe a plastic bottle or a plastic cup. Sure, she’s had a makeover especially for storing liquids but she’s still the same non-decomposing pollutant she always was. On top of it, she generously lends you her toxins especially if you use her for wet food, beverages and heating them in a microwave oven. Yes! She leeches harmful chemicals into whatever you put inside her.

This cycle could continue until one (1) irresponsible human dumps her, the plastic water bottle on the roadside and she patiently waits again, for the world to fill up with more of her pals like those plastic containers. That’s all it takes really, one irresponsible human.
Instead if that irresponsible human decides to turn a new leaf , adopts eco-friendly recyclable, non toxic products like the strong steel, copper, glass, terracotta water bottles, Ms. Poly wouldn’t even be born! Terracotta and Glass Water Dispensers too. Oh and my favourite cool Terracotta Curd Setter. It’s really cute and Ms. Poly will be quite jealous if you bring her home!
There are plenty of other very good liquid storage containers that we can turn to, to beat Ms. Poly and her friends hollow!

Scenario 3
Someone’s had quite enough of her and takes her to the incinerator. This is basically a waste treatment process that burns up and breaks plastic down. One may even produce some energy or fuel out of the process, but that’s as good as it gets. Burning plastic often releases harmful toxins into the air which again contributes to pollution. And with the current levels of global warming, we know the problems in releasing a greenhouse gas into the atmosphere now.
So next time, if Ms Poly somehow gets into your place, keep her. Try and extend her life by repurposing her. It isn’t ideal to use for food but she can be upcycled for other useful things around the house – in the garden too. Watch our video to learn how.

Three different journeys but it’s clear now that none of them have quite the happy ending we all hope for. So avoid getting plastics into your life, especially the one time use Ms. Poly. We can do this by systematically replacing her with greener alternatives. We have seen a few liquid storage options in the kitchen (her favourite place btw) but there are dry storage ones too. Check out Our Story for more before Ms. Poly gets to know!