Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn’t The Whole Story

Posted on July 13, 2019 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News

Source: Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn’t The Whole Story

Plastic waste gets a lot of attention when photos of dead whales with stomachs full of plastic bags hit the news. Pieces of plastic also litter cities, and tiny plastic particles are even floating in the air.

Largely overlooked is how making plastic in the first place affects the environment, especially global warming. Plastic actually has a big carbon footprint, but so do many of the alternatives to plastic. And that’s what makes replacing plastic a problem without a clear solution.

Plastic is just a form of fossil fuel. Your plastic water bottle, your grocery bag, your foam tray full of cucumbers … they’re all made from oil or natural gas. It takes lots of energy to make that happen.

Evry time the Amercian Chemistry Council (ACC) gets involved the always point to the cost of production of plastic saying it is the best material to use.    They will not discuss the disposal side and the huge toll on the environment this causes.  When this is taken into account the production side pales in comparison. The ACC know this but will never talk about it as they know their product is a huge problem.  They are far more interested in short term profits that thinking about their consequences.   Shameful.