To solve the plastics crisis, we need to calm down

To solve the plastics crisis, we need to calm down
The world's usage of plastics continues to increase. (Image: Bloomberg)
Bloomberg
By David FicklingHow to deal with the waste generated by the half-billion metric tons of plastic manufactured each year? One approach is to consume fewer polymers, recycle them more, and stop the rest from getting into the natural environment. Another is to declare the whole process a scam and hope the problem will somehow go away of its own accord.Faced with a seemingly intractable dilemma, the latter approach is tempting. Fixing things is hard; assigning blame far easier. Such a strategy is unlikely to change much, however.The...

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