Guest Post by Erika Mastrorosa*
Welcome to the third post in a series about tackling the global emergency of plastic pollution. Over the coming weeks we’ll discuss each of the categories below. This week we take a look at how using alternative mixtures in manufacturing could help reduce the pollution associated with plastic production.
There are FIVE things we do to reduce our plastic footprint.
- Eliminating virgin plastic bottles
- Eliminating plastic packaging for food
- Using alternative mixtures in manufacturing
- Introducing a deposit return scheme
- Choosing reusable cups and bottles
Although much attention and capital has been invested in recycling schemes and awareness campaigns, other initiatives are contributing to the reduction emissions associated with a plastic footprint. One of these is ‘PlantBottle.’
Traditional PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) bottles are made entirely from fossil fuels, thus a contributing factor to greenhouse gas emissions. While traditional PET bottles production results in damaging carbon footprint, a PlantBottle is a step in a more sustainable direction, it is the first-ever fully recyclable plastic bottle made partially from plants, rather than entirely of fossil fuels.
Using plant made bottles is certainly a more sustainable practice companies can adopt to reduce the harmful impact of plastic packaging. PlantBottle for example is 100% recyclable like traditional PET plastic, but it’s produced using sugar cane residue instead of petroleum, which reduces the carbon dioxide emissions. Not using fossil fuels, PlantBottles produce 60% less greenhouse gases and use 50% less fossil fuels in their production. You can read more about the technology here.
Stay tuned to find out about using deposit returns schemes!
*Please note that the views are that of the author, not necessarily that of en-form.