Most of us have gone through some viral videos showing the detrimental effects of plastic on marine and wildlife. As a matter of fact, they are not just some viral video, the curse of plastic pollution is now a reality. Many may consider plastic which is a cheap product is good for business, but they miss the point that alternatives of plastic may give rise of a green market, where both human and nature will be benefitted.
Since the commercial inception of plastic in the 1950s, it has been a great success. Plastic revolutionized the packaging industry and blessed many more areas. But the one time used plastic are acting as demons to the environment. It takes around 20 years for a plastic bag to decompose and some plastic bottles may take centuries to completely degrade. And each day tons of this one time used plastic is dumped into the ocean. An article from Globalcitizen.org reveals that 90% or this dumped plastics are from 10 rivers only. Which is killing 1.1 million seabirds each year. And it’s not just only marine animals, an average person eats 70,000 microplastic each year.
So, it’s a high time for us to find an alternative of plastic and a golden moment for the green business across the world to grab the opportunity. The common eco-friendly alternatives to plastic include Glass, Jute Products, PCL, PLA, and PHA Polyester.
And the global markets of the product mentioned above is not negligible at all, the jute and glass are having multi-billion industry across the globe. The Global glass industry is expected to reach USD 190 billion by 2025. Which is without any shadow of a doubt a very good opportunity for the businesses who should seek alternatives to plastic.
Plastic may be a cheap solution but the hidden cost of its cheap solution is the degradation of invaluable nature. It is to be kept in mind that in the long run, the cheap solution will become a very expensive responsibility for us all. So, we should get rid of the plastic demon from green alternatives before it’s too late.