Six misconceptions of plastic
To fully appreciate the impact of plastics, we need to understand its value as well as its problems. Here we tackle six common misonceptions of plastic.
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Are there viable alternatives to plastic packaging?
Plastics are incredibly efficient and cost-effective. Its versatility and light weight mean it can be used in a variety of ways for everyday products. In the face of a growing backlash against its use, it becomes easy to forget the value of plastic. As much as we love to hate it, until we find viable alternatives, the market for plastic is only expected to grow.
While there are clearly good intentions behind bans on single-use plastics, and improper disposal does need to be addressed, coming up with viable alternatives is complex, time consuming and presents numerous challenges, there are no easy fix replacements
For example, if we look at the complete value chain, paper, often suggested as a replacement for plastic, has a greater carbon impact. Materials such as glass cost more to ship and produce and have a higher end-use environmental impact. Who will pay the bill for the costlier alternatives?
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