The Problem with Plastic
The facts about the impact of plastics on the Earth are shocking, yet our society continues to consume products in plastic packaging, and eats from styrofoam containers every day. Most plastic packaging items are used once—just for a few moments—before being discarded where they very often end up polluting the environment.
- Each year more than 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally, and 10% will end up in the sea.
- It is estimated that there is now a 1:2 ratio of plastic to plankton and, left unchecked, plastic will outweigh fish by 2050.
- According to the Container Recycling Institute, 100.7 billion plastic beverage bottles were sold in the U.S. in 2014, or 315 bottles per person. 57% of those units were plastic water bottles: 57.3 billion.
- The process of producing bottled water requires around 6 times as much water per bottle as there is in the container.
Emerging Health and Environmental Regulations
Push toward Non-toxic chemistry
Bans on Polystyrene, foam, and plastics
Climate Smart Reforestation
Benefits of Digital Fiber Forming
How Digital Fiber Production changes in the packaging world
- Sustainable Agricultural Biomass Fiber
- Flexible Manufacturing through Digitization and Robotics
- New regulations for health, safety, and environment
- Negative public perception of plastics and styrofoam