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Recycling Plastic: Key Challenges

Recycling is often touted by companies as a solution to the massive amounts of plastic waste that their products create. We often hear from FMCG and Cosmetics companies about their plans to use recycled material in a certain percentage of their overall production. Coca Cola recently refused to think about alternative materials for their beverage bottles, insisting instead that it will push for usage of recycled bottles. Recycling, while it may be preferred when there is no alternative possible, is not a long-term solution to the plastic problem. The sheer amount of single-use plastic being produced, approximately 150 million+ tonnes,

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Replacing Single-Use Plastic: Why & How?

Single-Use plastics are plastics used in packaging and products, that is used just once in its entire life. These include wrappers, bottles, plastic films, plastic sheets, containers that are used to store products until used by a final consumer. The usage of these plastics has boomed in last few decades as manufacturers have pushed plastics into products that were hitherto sold without any plastic packaging. Shopping carry bags, for instance, were not widely used till mid-80s. Similarly, packaging innovations such as small sachets picked up in the 90s. Supermarkets selling bananas, oranges and cucumbers in multiple layers of plastic packaging

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The devil in the details: Compostable versus Oxy-Biodegradable

Garbage bags are used in every household and commercial establishment. These bags have a very short life and very often end up in the landfills. Luckily, there are substitutes available that can biodegrade under right. But it is important to know what kind of plastic garbage bag can biodegrade. If you were to look out for eco-friendly options in garbage bags, you will come across bags marked differently as Oxy-Biodegradable, Bio-Degradable or Compostable. Very often the manufacturers hide the real material used for manufacturing the bag. The right bio-degradable garbage bag will be made from plant-based polymers (like ones made

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