Plastics have made a turnaround in how companies manufacture them in recent decades, and the way we look at them has changed entirely. Recycling, renewable energy, and resources are at the forefront, and plastics stand right there in the battle. Here are a few surprising ways plastics can help the environment for those of you who might be curious.
Lowers Carbon Footprint
There is the misconception that plastics are taking over the industry for packaging, and more pollution has resulted from doing this. This may have been true in the initial phases of plastics production. However, now that we know the harm that comes from plastic, we pay more careful attention to how we dispose of and care for it. What matters more is that by choosing to use plastics for packaging our things, we have greatly cut down on materials and the cost of materials.
Building With Plastics
Builders have recently used plastics in building and construction. Not only do they hold up well, but they can insulate even better. Builders make many newer homes and buildings with plastic materials and polymer products to help insulate and have had magnificent success doing it. For instance, take how plastic tanks are manufactured. They are heat resistant, non-reactive to chemicals, and completely safe since companies make them with polyethylene and polypropylene, both food-grade safe and renewable plastics.
Cleaning Our Oceans
Many different conservation efforts have come to fruition because we have seen the devastation of what we have allowed plastics to do to our oceans. One of the largest is the reintegration and protection of our great barrier reefs. Without these, most of the marine life that we know would go extinct, which would have a permanent and lasting effect on the world as we know it. Many plastics are biodegradable now, with a few exceptions made completely of natural resources.
The future brings hope with the direction that plastics have taken. If we keep in mind where we are going in the years ahead, we should always find surprising ways plastics can help the environment to make the best with what we have.