Are plastic grocery bags really that bad for the environment? - cleantech perspectives @ Clixoo
Research scientist Calvin Lakhan highlights what we can do as consumers to make better choices.
Xoo: I liked reading this brief report and analysis, Moo. It lays things out as they are.
Moo: I read it too. I however find it difficult to digest the hypothesis that plastics might actually do good for sustainability in some cases.
Xoo: But you read the reasoning. Isn’t it compelling?
Moo: I’m not sure if it’s compelling, but it is indeed possible that in some cases such as food items using plastics to store them, plastics could significantly reduce food waste.
Xoo: I agree with you. All said, plastics are so pervasive because they are so useful.
Moo: It’s not every time that we are both fully agreed on an issue, Xoo, but this is one such occasion - like them or not, plastics are really useful. So, what’s the way forward for plastics, Xoo?
Xoo: Well, one way could be biodegradable plastics.
Moo: But they are way more expensive than petro-plastics
Xoo: So the other way is what the report correctly points out: significantly increase the use of reusable & durable plastics and use these as long as we can.
Moo: That calls for not just a change in the mindset of the producer, Xoo, but also in the mindset of the end user. The latter isn’t so easy.
Xoo: And that’s the second thing, Moo, we agree upon. And that too on the same day.