Plastic has become an inevitable part of everyday life right from carry bags to medical plastics. According to a study conducted by Grand View Research, the Global Plastics Market is expected to reach USD 654.38 billion by 2020. People around the world debate about the boon and bane of plastics to humankind. Here are a few interesting myths about plastics:
Myth 1: Recycling plastics does not save energy.
Reality: 66% of energy is saved while producing new plastic products from recycled materials rather than raw materials. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Myth 2: Only plastics #1 and #2 are recyclable.
Reality: Plastic #1 can be recycled into tote bags, furniture, carpet, polar fleece, etc. whereas Plastic #2 can be used for making pens, recycling containers, picnic tables, lumber, and benches.
Myth 3: No plastic containers are safe in a microwave oven.
Reality: Some plastic containers are not meant for use in microwave ovens. Any plastic container intended for use in a microwave oven must undergo strict safety tests performed by the FDA. All microwave-safe containers will contain a microwave-safe symbol or written instructions that says microwave-safe.
Myth 4: There is no market for recycled plastics.
Reality: Recycled plastics can be further recycled into a wide variety of products like automotive parts, carpet, lumber, piping and bins.
Myth 5: Bioplastics solve all disposal issues
Reality: Bioplastics have numerous green benefits, however when it comes to disposal, they have certain limitations. There is also no evidence that these plastics can biodegrade in the darkness and confinement of a landfill.