Why choose it?
Plastics don’t biodegrade, and can remain in the ocean for hundreds of years, and even longer as small particles3. Globally, only 14% of plastic is collected for recycling3, less than 10 percent of plastic that's been created has been recycled6.
and if current trends continue, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by weight3. Companies may go plastic-free to limit the lasting footprint of their packaging.
Why not choose it?
Companies may opt for plastic packaging because its low weight lends itself to a low carbon footprint in transit. In the context of global warming, flexible plastic packaging is often the lower impact choice.
Frequently asked questions
Charles Moore, Cassandra Phillips. Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans (Avery Publishing, 2012)
Roland Geyer, Jenna R. Jambeck, Kara Lavender Law. Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made (Science Advances, 2017)
The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics (Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2014)
Ceylan Yeginsu. European Parliament Approves Ban on Single-Use Plastics (The New York Times, 2018)
Bag the Ban (APBA)