For decades, plastic has played a central role in industries as diverse as Packaging, Textiles, Construction, Electronics, Transportation, and Machinery. Plastic’s popularity can be attributed to the fact that it is lightweight, chemically stable and capable of being moulded into a variety of shapes and sizes.
Since plastic is highly versatile, you will find it everywhere. Look around you and chances are that you will find multiple items made of plastic, from chairs and bottles to containers, bags, phones, toiletries and writing instruments! The highly ubiquitous nature of plastic is also a sign that there is a large of amount of plastic to be disposed of every year.
Rather than opting to dispose of plastic in non-environment-friendly ways, we should focus on converting plastic waste into truly functional products. Known as plastic recycling, this process places less pressure on the need to acquire virgin plastic material to manufacture new products. Through plastic recycling, we can conserve resources and divert plastic waste to useful products that look brand-new.
Recycling plastics saves landfill space
Recycling plastic products also keeps them out of landfills. Recycling one ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space. That’s not to mention the discarded plastic that ends up directly in the environment, breaking down into tiny pieces to pollute our soil and water and contribute to the oceans’ Great Garbage Patches.
Recycling plastics reduces the amount of energy and resources (such as water, petroleum, natural gas, and coal) needed to create plastic. Researchers Peter Gleick and Heather Cooley from the Pacific Institute of California have found a pint-sized bottle of water requires about 2,000 times as much energy to produce as the same amount of tap water
Reduces energy consumption
When plastic is made, it is manufactured in a process that requires a lot of energy consumption and resources. It requires water, petroleum, natural gas, and coal for energy. In order to avoid using and burning fossil fuels, recycle your plastic. Because petroleum is becoming scarce, it is important to save our natural resources for other purposes. Reducing the need to manufacture more plastics will help to keep petroleum levels higher.
Reduction in the emissions of hazardous chemicals
Although plastics have a variety of benefits, their manufacturing process are tedious and extremely harmful for the environment. A substantial amount of petroleum is burnt while manufacturing plastics. The emissions released during the manufacturing of plastics leads to the production of tremendous amount of greenhouse gases, which significantly affects various species around the globe due to its immense impact on the environment. In addition, greenhouse gases are the main reason for global warming and climate changes around the world, thus leading to severe rainfall, sudden increase in temperature, prevalence of heat waves, and many more. Therefore, by recycling plastic products, a great deal of plastic manufacturing processes is curbed, which further reduces the overall emission of perilous green-house gases in the atmosphere.
Promotion of sustainable living
If companies work together with their internal and external stakeholders towards creating awareness and encouraging positive consequences of plastic and recycling, then they will definitely lead to a sea change towards environment conservation.
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