Is Plastic Really Evil?

There’s a lot of press around just now about how evil plastic is and how we must eliminate it from our lives. As usual, there are many myths and differing opinions on the subject.

Firstly, we have to separate single use plastics from reusable and recyclable plastics. We need to elminate single use plastics – full stop.

Secondly, we have to address the issue of recycling and re-use.

For example, Thredgards produce products that are reusable and recyclable, meaning that the products can be used as many times as possible before being sent for recycling. We also use recycled plastic in our manufacturing process.

Our culture is our problem.

Can we be bothered separating and recycling? Do our local councils have the facilities to separate and recycle different plastics?

We need to change our culture so our recyclable plastics are actually recycled. Commercial arguments always get in the way, but what’s more important? Money, or our environment.

Depends who you are and what principles you hold fast to.

In reality, things are improving on the plastic front. The main problem lies with 5 nations that are dumping more plastic waste into the oceans than the rest of the world put together: Thailand, Indonesia, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Eventually, they will need to catch up. However, in the meantime, we need to do our individual part in separating and recycling our own plastic waste and not sending it to landfill as well as also not purchasing items with single use plastic in them.

You can use our products at Thredgards for packaging, engineering, automotive and the oil and gas industry. You can also recycle and/or re-use them.

The Economist has created a great 2 minute video – please view this here as it’s very enlightening.

Thanks for reading our blog

The Thredgards Opinion Team