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  • AutorenbildMako Muzenda

Misconceptions about sustainable plastics

Once hailed as a miracle material, plastic has become a target of environmental activism and scorn. The argument against fossil-based plastics is logical: it is not biodegradable, it pollutes water systems, land and the air itself, and its production emits harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainable plastics offer an alternative and are emerging as game-changers. However, many misconceptions cloud the potential of sustainable plastics. Addressing these misconceptions is an important step in making sustainable plastics more mainstream.  

Myth 1: All Plastic is Bad Plastic 

Promoting the production and usage of sustainable alternatives such as bioplastics and recycled plastics can provide the benefits of plastics while minimizing their environmental impact. Additionally, recycling plastic is not a silver bullet. CO2BioClean offers a way to produce sustainable plastics without fossil fuels. In fact, their production method tackles plastic pollution. Their CO2 conversion technology captures carbon emissions and utilizes them to create bio-based plastics. This approach not only reduces plastic waste but also combats climate change. 

Myth 2: Bioplastics are the Perfect Solution 

A form of sustainable polymers, bioplastics are derived from plants. However, not all bioplastics are created equal. Some require specific composting conditions not readily available everywhere. Additionally, not all bioplastics are biodegradable. The key is to choose bioplastics certified for industrial composting or home composting depending on the application. BioLogiQ takes a unique approach. With a presence in Hong Kong, Guangdong and Idaho Falls, BioLogiQ uses its unique iQ technology to produce biodegradable plastics that break down completely, minimizing the environmental impact of their plastics. Plastrans Technologies are also exploring new ways to turn waste plastic into valuable new materials. Their innovative recycling processes helps mitigate plastic pollution while creating a range of versatile thermoplastics. 

Myth 3: We Should Just Ditch Plastic Altogether 

Plastic serves a vital role in our lives. Single-use plastics like straws and shopping bags are certainly a problem. But plastics offer unique advantages. They are durable, lightweight, sterile, affordable and easy to transport - properties that make plastics particularly useful for fields such as medicine. As such, complete removal of plastics from these fields may not be practical. The answer lies in responsible management. Reducing single-use plastics, improving recycling infrastructure and investing in innovation are the pathways for truly sustainable alternatives. 

Sustainable plastics are a step towards a successful circular economy and the transition away from fossil fuels. Debunking myths about sustainable plastics can pave the way for a future where plastic is part of the solution, not the problem. 

Photo by John Cameron on Unsplash 

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