The greatest challenge
We use plastic in computers, clothes, cell phones, TVs, aircraft, packaging, building and construction, and even paint. There are currently no satisfactory replacements for plastic, because of its unique properties: it’s inexpensive, durable, easy to produce in bulk and easy to shape – properties that wood, metal and glass are unable to match. We depend on plastic and its amazing properties.
The greatest challenge is that the very same properties that make plastic great to use, also make it a huge threat to the environment. Plastic doesn’t decompose, and it’s rarely recycled or reused. Plastic waste comes in many forms (there are approximately 50 different types of plastic molecules), and the plastic types are often mixed after use. Because of this, we are only able to recycle around 10% worldwide.