Consider this fact: more than 500 billion single use disposable coffee cups are produced in one year, many of them plastic. Even paper cups currently produced largely aren’t recyclable, due to the plastic coatings that are used.
The world is addicted to cheap, crappy clothes. Thanks to low-wage manufacturing in poor countries and the rise of fast fashion, clothes have morphed from being valuable possessions to disposable items that we chuck out at the end of the season. And, as I recently described in a recent essay, this never-ending cycle of consumption is killing people and the planet.
Big news from India: the country aims to abolish single-use plastic in about four years. Prime minister Narendra Modi announced the goal on World Environment Day, and The Guardian said it’s the most ambitious commitment out of the actions to combat plastic pollution happening in 60 nations. The move could dramatically reduce the flow of plastic from 1.3 billion people.
A recently released Plastics Market Watch report, Watching: Bioplastics, from the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), reports that bioplastics are in a growth cycle stage and will outpace the economy as a whole by attracting new investments and entrants into the sector and by bringing new products and manufacturing technologies to make bioplastics more competitive and dynamic.