The plastic market is growing each year and by 2020 it’s worth will be $654 billion. The amount of plastic which we have produced since 1950 is around 8.3 billion tons to give you a comparison it weighs more than 800,000 Eiffel towers. The problem is not limited to land now it has reached oceans. According to an estimate, there are around 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the oceans. The problem is bigger than we can imagine and many people haven’t realized it. We are consuming more plastic then we can handle. According to a report every minute, we are buying 1 million plastic bottles which are thrown away once used.
Recycling Plastic is also not easy because they need to be separated on the basis of various chemical types. And recycling also requires a different chemical process for different types of plastic such as PETE, LDPE, PVC, PP, and HDPE. Even somehow, we manage to do it still and recycle it, the polymers which provide structure become shorter. This means that lighter and flexible plastic can be recycled into denser material. After a few rounds of recycling also the possibility of recycling become very limited.
Today world is shifting towards bioplastic and according to report the market size of it could be worth $35.5 million by 2022. But the main problem with it is that it costs more than traditional oil-based plastic. Apart from this, the issue of land is also a concern. As land will be divided for food and production of bioplastic. The world is already suffering from food shortage and making it worse is the last thing we want to do.
Also, the available solution for plastic replacement contains chemicals to make it less durable which will get released and can end up doing the opposite of what it was meant to be. Bioplastic break downs in specific conditions which doesn’t consider the real-life scenario and if other things are mixed up with the bioplastic then it will be hard to segregate and it will end up in landfills.
The bottom line is that we haven’t found the permanent replacement of plastic. The solution that we have right now is more expensive and less harmful. But we have to go a long way to before we find the solution. But the question remains what to do with the plastic which we have dumped. People are trying to build roads with it. Can you think of something where we can use it? Or better if you can think of plastic replacement which is cheap and have no negative impact on the environment?
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