Dutch Supermarket Introduces Plastic-Free Aisle

Posted on March 2, 2018 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

The initiative, part of a global push to fight waste, saw about 700 products packaged in compostable materials or in glass, metal or cardboard.

Source: Dutch Supermarket Introduces Plastic-Free Aisle

In a study published last year, scientists estimated that 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic has been produced worldwide since the 1950s, when plastic began being mass produced. Of that, roughly 6.3 billion metric tons has been thrown away, 79 percent of it in landfills or in other parts of the environment.

Only 9 percent of the discarded plastic has been recycled, according to the study, whose lead author is Roland Geyer of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Compostable is not biodegradable if there is no infrastructure to collect it and take it to a commercial compost facility.   We need to be realistic about this.