Compounded by the breakdown of the global recycling market, it seems that most governments and local authorities throughout the world are grasping at straws to find a quick fix for the plastic waste problem. Plastic is piling up on land and threatening the biosphere through its contamination of the oceans. At the same time most governments exhibit a morbid fear of doing anything which could oppose continuous economic growth. For, if such machines were capable of simply and sustainably converting plastic into fuel or energy, then citizens may feel encouraged to buy more and waste more, liberated from guilt with the knowledge that anything they saw and wanted could be purchased. But this premise is inherently flawed. Pyrolysis of plastic can never be sustainable.
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Plastic Ban Impact on Industry: How plastic ban will affect businesses and consumers
Polymers abound in nature. Cellulose, the material that makes up the cell walls of plants, is a very common natural polymer. Over the last century and a half humans have learned how to make synthetic polymers, sometimes using natural substances like cellulose, but more often using the plentiful carbon atoms provided by petroleum and other fossil fuels. Synthetic polymers are made up of long chains of atoms, arranged in repeating units, often much longer than those found in nature. It is the length of these chains, and the patterns in which they are arrayed, that make polymers strong, lightweight, and flexible. These properties make synthetic polymers exceptionally useful, and since we learned how to create and manipulate them, polymers have become an essential part of our lives. Especially over the last 50 years plastics have saturated our world and changed the way that we live.
The good and the bad of plastic bag bans: Research review
This is our main data entry on plastics, with a particular focus on its pollution of the environment. The first synthetic plastic — Bakelite — was produced in , marking the beginning of the global plastics industry. However, rapid growth in global plastic production was not realized until the s. Over the next 65 years, annual production of plastics increased nearly fold to million tonnes in
It's getting worse inland. Despite Ghana drowning in plastic trash, the Government has announced it won't be banning plastics, citing the country's growing dependency on plastic products. How would you tackle the problems of single-use plastic waste in developing cities such as Accra and Lagos? By Muntaka Chasant words Reading time: 4 min. A man rides a bike across a timber bridge over a sea of plastics near the center of Accra, Ghana's capital city.