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Plastics’ Positive Impact on Climate Change


blue sky with white clouds In case you haven’t heard, it’s Plastic Free July. The annual event originated in western Australia in 2011 with the aim of encouraging consumers to reduce their reliance on single-use plastics and eliminate plastic waste. It has gained traction globally in the ensuing years. The Plastic Free July Foundation is a registered charity in Australia, and although it doesn’t demonize plastics as an environmental scourge on the planet, many of its supporters do. So, it’s an opportune moment, I believe, to set the record straight on the environmental impact of plastics.

There’s no denying plastic waste is a growing problem. However, plastic utilization is a major player in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to climate change. This in no way absolves us of the responsibility of properly managing our waste streams, but it’s clear that there are far more egregious GHG sources impacting the climate than the polymers we produce.

The climate impact of plastics is indisputably positive.

Volumes of recent research, including the ” Climate Impact of Plastics ” report published earlier this month by McKinsey & Co., support that plastics actually reduce GHG emissions three to four fold compared with some materials that […]

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