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Answer by Miranda Marcus, Applications Engineer, on Quora:
Look, plastics are not the root of all evil. Plastics are not creating a trash problem, people are.
The biggest source of plastic waste is packaging and bags. Packaging is used:
The problem is that each of these purposes have a very limited time frame, and when that purpose is served, we just throw out that packaging, just as we throw away our plastic shopping bags. People are not going to collectively choose to do things in a way that is more difficult and inconvenient in order to stave off a problem that is hidden and distant.
This is not plastic's fault.
Plastics are fabulous.
Because of plastic:
With plastics, we can live more comfortable, longer, and more connected lives.
I am tired to of people wanting to “ban plastics”, when really they just want to find a more environmentally responsible way of packaging and carrying goods, or alternatively, to encourage recycling of all materials (cardboard and metals clog landfills too).
If you want to ban plastics it’s just a sign that you have no idea what they’re used for.
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