Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Today, every vital sector of the economy starting from agriculture to packaging, automobile, building construction, communication or info tech have been virtually revolutionized by the applications of plastics. Use of this non-biodegradable (according to recent studies, plastics can stay as long as 4500 years on earth) product is growing rapidly and the problem is that what to do with plastic-waste. If a ban is put on the use of plastics on emotional grounds, the real cost would be much higher, the inconvenience much more, the chances of damage or contamination much greater, the risks to the family health and safety would increase and, above all the environmental burden would be manifold. Hence the question is not ‘Plastics vs No Plastics’ but it is more concerned with the judicious use and re-use of plastic-waste.