03 Jan '18, 9pm

Should we really be building out of plastic? No.

We covered previously the news that the big chemical companies were investing US$ 180 billion in new facilities to make plastics , increasing production capacity by 40 percent, adding another 120 million tons to the approximately 300 million tons being made each year now. The expansion of shale gas in the US has dropped the price of feedstocks by two thirds, they have to do something with all that gas to make a profit from drilling for it. © The Guardian I got off on a tangent, a modest proposal that perhaps it was a better idea to turn all those plastics into building materials that last instead of disposable bottles that get dumped in the ocean- that if we are going to make plastic, let's make it last. I was wrong . Because when you start looking at how plastics are actually made, it turns out that their manufacture has a huge carbon footprint. The Pacific Institute, a n...

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