Plastics have gotten a real bad name lately. There have been numerous articles and news items about the increasing environmental impact of plastics.
The huge amount of floating plastic waste in the pacific is hurting fish and marine species.
Plastic waste in landfills takes decades to decompose and can contaminate the water.
You would say that plastics are the worst thing in the world. But this is not the whole picture. Because plastics are also the crucial components in many inventions and developments that are saving the planet.
Weight saving in cars is largely due to the increased use of plastics and composites. And the decreased weight is one of the reasons for lower fuel consumption.
Recycling of plastics is often a lot easier than metals. And recycling is one of the best ways to get rid of all the dumped trash.