10 Jul '18, 11am

The risks of single use plastic alternatives

The risks of single use plastic alternatives

As the war on plastic heats up , both users of convenient disposables and suppliers of plastic products are looking for alternatives. But could the substitutes be worse? In spite of the number of people (and companies) saying "no straw please ," global plastic manufacturers are enjoying a booming business, with growth rates of 3.9% in 2017, 4.0% in 2016 and 3.5% in 2015. In 2016, the worldwide market reached 335 million tons worth of plastic materials and other plastics (not including some plastic fibers). In some cases, plastics remain beneficial: their reduced weight and technical properties make them the best choice for their purpose. Plastics may even benefit the environment - think lighter cars = less fuel consumption for example. But increasing publicity of the ocean "smog" and other devastating effects of plastic waste, and continued pressure from major companies wi...

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