Welcome back on the blog of Dispotech, your disposable excellence. Today, we return to Europe’s concern with plastic pollution, which we addressed in this article. In light of a post read on qz.com, let’s talk about one of the problems in view of the plastic ban scheduled for 2021.
The use of plastic in many forms will likely be replaced by paper. In this light, Europe will undoubtedly have to address another problem. Increasing the use of paper packaging will, of course, increase deforestation—another great scourge of our time. Deforestation causes the gradual disappearance of the Earth’s green lungs—in some corners of the world, from Canada to the Amazon Forest, trees are being felled at rapid rates, terrifying not only ecologists but the entire global community.
What’s more, according to some studies, producing a single paper bag requires much more water and energy than that necessary for the production of a plastic bag. This same problem is apparently posed by the use of cotton.
Where a plastic bag costs less but is difficult to eliminate and must be disposed of through specific processes, it is undeniable that paper or cotton bags are 100% biodegradable. Moreover, these bags can be used several times over before being thrown away—a paper bag will hold up to being used a number of times whilst a cotton bag, if well-maintained, can last many years.
From this brief analysis, it is clear that totally abandoning plastic and only embracing the use of paper could be just as problematic and, in any case, would affect the natural resources of humanity—resources that our planet sees drastically diminishing day-by-day. It would be helpful to study solutions that do not rely exclusively on one material or another but to try and make considered and ecological choices. One thing is certain: eradicating the disposable culture (in areas in which it is not absolutely necessary) will likely save us.
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