Do you know how environmentally friendly plastic really is?
Australia emits only 1% of the world’s greenhouse gases, compared to China which has 17 out of the top 20 most polluted cities in the world and 70% of the world’s most polluted rivers in the world. The WHO states that indoor and outdoor air pollution causes 656,000 deaths per year and 100,000 deaths through water pollution!
– National Geographic 9 July 2007
Do you know how environmentally friendly it really is? Plastic leaves the smallest carbon footprint on earth’s environment!
- Plastics, being inert in landfill, emit no greenhouse emissions or gasses
- Plastics do not poison or pollute groundwater table
- Less than 1% of plastic bags (by weight) are landfill
- Less than 4% of plastics are in landfill
- More than 90% of a barrel of oil is used for fuel and heating
- Nothing decomposes quickly without light, heat, air, water and/or bacteria – steel plate, metal cans, even paper products decompose very slowly or not at all
- Plastics need to perform a function and be fit for purpose and are degradable or UV degradable
- None are truly biodegradable unless with EU (EN13432) or Australian Standard (AS 4736) accreditation.
- Vegetable based material is accredited, but with worldwide food shortages, should we be using food for fuel or otherwise?
- Plastics from all industries use less than 5% of a barrel of oil. In fact, plastic bags are also made from natural gas
- Plastics are recyclable, lightweight and strong
- Paper is 800% higher in price than plastics
- Plastics use 72% less energy in manufacture
- Plastics are 90% less in waterborne waste than paper
- Less energy/fuel consumption for transport is required for plastics due to less weight by volume