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Three Reasons Why Disposable Plastic is Unsustainable

Three Reasons Why Disposable Plastic is Unsustainable

Posted by Ken Jacobus on 8th Dec 2021

For decades, plastic, which includes polystyrene foam (e.g. Syrofoamâ„¢) film has been used to seal and protect food products. Foam is sturdy enough to support a modest amount of weight and other plastics, when sealed properly, keep foods fresh and free from contamination for several days at a time.

When plastic food packaging containers were first developed, they took off quickly because of their convenience and growing number of practical uses. While they were easy to use and extremely cost effective, their use came at a high price for the environment. The damage to the environment was twofold. First because of the manufacturing processes and chemicals used in their creation and, secondly, due to littering and the amount of plastic and foam containers that ended up in landfills.

Sourced from Fossil Fuels

Plastic is manufactured from synthetic materials derived from fossil fuels. The process used to make them increases the demand for petroleum based products and therefore perpetuates our dependence on these non-renewable resources. Packaging made from petroleum based materials does not degrade naturally. They remain intact and take up massive amounts of space in landfills. Over the years, the Environmental Protection Agency has put in place several regulations pertaining to the manufacturing of plastic and foam containers. Their intent was to limit the amount of toxic materials used in the creation of food packaging containers. The EPA has also started educational programs to teach both children and adults the benefits of recycling and how it helps the environment.

Contain Harmful Chemicals

My Plastic-Free Life wrote a guest post for us on reducing the use of plastic. You can check it out here.

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