Using plastic as a material isn’t going to be stopping any time soon, and there are sometimes when plastic materials really are the best suited to a particular use. In our Computers, TVs, furniture, etc., and items that last a long time, plastic can be OK.
The immediate urgent issue we need to tackle is SINGLE USE plastic. This is the stuff that is so bad for the planet for two main reasons:
- Because it is so thin/soft, when it ends up in the waterways, it breaks down into microplastics. Fish eat it, and people and animals drink it. As this continues, people and animal will have more plastic inside their bodies and this is not a good thing.
- The energy required to recycle increases our carbon footprint.