TikTok ‘Hack’ plastic packaging plate takes a hit on environmental impact
The list of TikTok hacks keeps growing. Most of them prove to be extremely useful to users, whether it is January’s folding hack or laundry stripping hack of 2020.
However, a “hack” to avoid doing the dishes has been criticized by viewers for its potential effect on the environment.
Damion Francis, @ dam.ion, explained exactly how he handles the dishes, which he doesn’t. To the tune of “Baby Work It,” Francis advised viewers to use plastic wrap as a layer between the food and the plate.
In the clip, which was uploaded on June 12 and can be seen here, Francis wraps his plates in plastic wrap before placing his food and sauce on them, creating as much mess as possible.
“Hate doing the dishes?” »Reads the text on the screen. “Well, you don’t have to,” he adds. Francis removes the plastic and throws it away.
In three days, the video gained over 500,000 views, but it was not really received positively on the app. Instead, the majority of comments noted the potential environmental impact of regular use of plastic wrap on plates.
“However, wasting plastic, further harming our environment,” wrote one viewer.
“Yes, because we’re too lazy to do the dishes, we can just destroy the earth instead,” added another.
One TikTok user commented, “Humans get lazy on a whole new level. “
In response to a user suggesting he wrap the whole table instead, omitting the need for a plate in the first place, Francis replied, “Imagine the comments then! I would be accused of single-handedly destroying the planet. People need to relax and look at the big picture. “
“All that commentary about destroying the planet with a piece of cling film. Come on, I’m probably doing more for the planet than you are,” he said in a follow-up video.
However, Francis appeared to imply that he himself wasn’t using the hack himself, in a later video of him washing a dish in the sink.
“How I actually clean my dishes,” he wrote. “Do you really think it is sustainable to use cling film? “
The cling film hack may not be about to become the next biggest thing on TikTok. But it may have been helpful for Facebook creators Joe and Lisa, who went viral in May for a “spaghetti hack,” which involved them mixing ingredients right on their counter. Plastic wrap on the counter could have prevented what was likely a messy consequence.
Similar to Francis, the hack sparked backlash and confusion online about its necessity, along with claims it did it to get ‘hate looking’ views.