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The sandwich bag

Yes of course it’s degradable! Over thousands of years stuff like this degrades into microplastics that enter the food chain bringing with it chemicals such as styrene, toxic metals, phthalates, bisphenol A, polychlorinated biphenyls, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that may be absorbed into it during the manufacturing process.

Your selling point would be……???

Since the early 1950s we have discarded around one billion tons of waste plastic into the environment. Today, eight million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean every year.

Thank goodness that big business now offer us degradable plastics as a greener option.

The notion that science will save us is the chimera that allows the present generation to consume all the resources it wants, as if no generations will follow. It is the sedative that allows civilization to march so steadfastly toward environmental catastrophe. It forestalls the real solution, which will be in the hard, nontechnical work of changing human behavior.—KENNETH BROWER

We need to shift the responsibility from the green-shaming of the consumer into needing to effectively recycle and reuse their plastics…. and place it firmly back at the mass production of plastics in the first place.

Reference:

  1. Microplastic Contamination of the Food Supply Chain.– Food Safety Magazine.

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