One Word: Plastics

Plastics which once promised to make the world a better, more user-friendly place, now threatens to become one of the globe’s worse polluters. So recent reporting and data analysis shows consumers are extremely worried about plastic’s impact on the world. There is widespread public confusion regarding responsibilities and options, and the role of governments and industry in reducing plastic pollution.

“Three main elements define this issue”

Plastic Bag Substitutes Generate Greater Carbon Footprint
Compostable plastic bags can’t degrade in landfills or nature and must be separated and heated in an industrial facility. Most bioplastics have the same environmental hazards and a bigger carbon footprint.

Studies show that making and moving glass bottles uses nearly five times more energy.

Paper bag production considered a greener choice by many, produces more air pollution than plastic bag production.

Attitude Impacts Recycling Habits
Recent research shows the mood of a community can affect recycling rates. The average weight of campus recycling was nearly 50 percent higher after a college basketball victory than after a loss or tie at one U.S. university. On rainy days, the total mass of household recycling collected in one Londonborough fell by one kilogram for every millimeter of precipitation.

Microplastics Are Everywhere
Less prominent in the plastic narrative are emerging questions over microplastic pollution in food, air, soil, and water, and the safety of chemical additives in plastic food packaging.