Reduce - ReUse - ReCycle
Let us talk about a product,which makes our modern life more enjoyable and environmentally sustainable. This product is so important that the more it is responsibly used in a society, the better and longer people live. This product is: Plastics!
Countries with highest plastic consumption per capita boast the longest life expectancy at birth as well as lowest pollution per individual: Scandinavian countries are a great example. The reverse is also true: Countries with low consumption of plastics tend to rely on less effective substitutes and their citizens live less affluently.
Plastics are so versatile, they have found use in nearly every aspect of life and economic sector: food and beverage, transportation, communication, construction, electronics, and much much more…
More than any of the products it is replacing, plastic lends itself to reuse and recycling with comparative minimal environmental impact: Whereas steel and glass require temperatures nearing 2,000 degrees Celsius to be transformed from ores to finished products, plastics require less than half that temperature and are much lighter to handle, economical to transport and safer to use.
The Plastic Industry has launched an awareness campaign dubbed The Three R's: Reduce (less thickness, better performance), Re-Use (one bag once used to bring home groceries can be used in a dustbin for example), and Re-Cycle which allows converters to lower their costs.
In future blogs we will try to trace the origins of plastics; where they come from and how plastics come about.
This is indeed a wide topic offering areas of study for future students, as well as enriching careers for professionals and lucrative investments venues for businessmen.
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