Our Indispensable Problem: The Paradox of Modern Plastics
- Plastics have brought enormous benefits along with enormous challenges.
- There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the issue of plastic waste.
- To tackle it will require a multi-pronged, circular economy-based response.
Here’s an environmental riddle: When is the plastic waste issue not a plastic waste issue? Answer: When it’s also a carbon and climate change issue, a social issue, and a circular economy issue.
That’s the vexing problem we face as we continue reducing plastic waste, especially the plastic waste in our oceans. It’s not a stand-alone topic. It’s intertwined with other critical environmental, social and economic topics. And if we’re going to make real progress toward one of them, we must make progress toward all of them.