Our Plastic World: Designed for Reuse, But Often Tossed Aside
Published on 25 March 2017
Trish Hyde, CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC), recently discussed the biodegradability of plastic parts with Planet Experts. She acknowledges that while plastics have a very useful role in extending a product’s life, safety and usability, people often read too much into the “biodegradable” aspect, and this is undoubtedly harming our natural environment.
“We face a difficult situation,” she says. “The concept of ‘more environmentally friendly plastics’ is contextual, and needs to be treated with care. Telling a consumer that a package is biodegradable has benefits and is accurate, but it may lead to the perverse outcome that a consumer thinks it is OK to leave it in the environment. That is what we have seen in Australia. Ultimately, there need to be clearer guidelines.”