PLASTICS responds to report on plastic waste

May 19, 2021
The Plastics Industry Association said the report from Australia's Minderoo Foundation is biased.
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The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) issued its response to a report from the Australia-based Minderoo Foundation titled “The Plastic Waste Makers Index.” PLASTICS said that the report is biased, and the organization that published it is funded in part by one of the world’s largest suppliers of iron ore.

“This biased study — funded by the iron ore industry — simply does not pass the smell test.” PLASTICS said in its written response. “Objective study after objective study has made clear that plastic has lower greenhouse gas emissions when compared to alternative materials across a wide variety of applications. Suggesting the banning or elimination of specific products or applications without understanding the full lifecycle impact of the alternatives to plastic is irresponsible and could have unintended adverse environmental consequences, such as higher greenhouse gas emissions and increased energy and water use. The real focus should be on working towards a circular economy by improving our insufficient waste management infrastructure rather than demonizing a material that improves our daily lives.”

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