Everyone is focussed on reducing the consumption of plastic, but recycling plastic will not solve the world’s plastic scourge.
Day after day companies are touting the fact that they will stop using plastic in their operations with not using plastic straws being the most prominent.
And recycling plastic is another one getting a lot of attention.
But at this point it is becoming clear that dealing with the plastic scourge is an insurmountable situation.
“The only thing worse than being lied to is not knowing you’re being lied to. It’s true that plastic pollution is a huge problem, of planetary proportions. And it’s true we could all do more to reduce our plastic footprint. The lie is that blame for the plastic problem is wasteful consumers and that changing our individual habits will fix it.
“Recycling plastic is to saving the Earth what hammering a nail is to halting a falling skyscraper. You struggle to find a place to do it and feel pleased when you succeed. But your effort is wholly inadequate and distracts from the real problem of why the building is collapsing in the first place. The real problem is that single-use plastic—the very idea of producing plastic items like grocery bags, which we use for an average of 12 minutes but can persist in the environment for half a millennium—is an incredibly reckless abuse of technology. Encouraging individuals to recycle more will never solve the problem of a massive production of single-use plastic that should have been avoided in the first place.”
So there you have it -find out why two respected scientists argue recycling is futile, why recycling plastic will not solve the world’s plastic scourge.