By XiaoZhi Lim
How did we become so addicted to single-use plastics?
Take disposable soft-drink bottles, for example. Today, people around the world buy almost a million plastic beverage bottles every minute. Even as activists begin calling for change and businesses and lawmakers explore solutions, the demand for new plastics is likely to increase. Production of virgin plastic, pegged at 311 million tons in 2014, is expected to more than double by 2030.
Plastic is a durable material. It can take decades, even centuries, to break down. But society has designated many plastic objects to be disposable ― basically, we throw out plastics way too soon, creating an artificial bottomless pit for new plastic to fill.
Continue reading at HuffPost. Originally published on May 16, 2019.