How Manufacturers Can Shift Away From Plastics
Companies and governments are scrambling to address plastic pollution’s environmental and public health impacts as lawsuits and greenwashing claims ramp up. A recent study by the Minderoo Foundation suggests corporate liability from plastics lawsuits could reach $20 billion by 2030 in the United States. To avoid litigation, companies need to shift away from plastics. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, the world produces 400 million tons of plastic annually and could reach 1,100 million tons by 2050. The manufacturing sector is mainly a driving force of plastic consumption. Here’s a closer look at the ongoing plastic pollution crisis and how manufacturers can reduce plastic waste. Concerns about plastics aren’t unfounded — scientific evidence has revealed its reach and negative implications for ecosystems, wildlife and society. Researchers have even discovered plastic particles from 95 kilometers away in a remote region of the Pyrenees mountains. Plastic pollution’s effect on marine wildlife is also well documented. With 4.8 to 12.7 million tons of plastic entering the ocean yearly, it’s no surprise pollution has threatened some of the world’s most beloved species. However, plastic also impacts human health.