Plastic in daily life

(I’m starting a blog post series on the plastic choices I’ve been oblivious to in my daily life – open thinking format/ suggestions welcome).Plastic Waste

The world is shouting “No Plastic” – surprisingly, this appears to be more than skin deep because I’m seeing small changes around me. More people are carrying reusable shopping bags. I saw the plastic stirrers in airports replaced by wooden stirrers. Steps in the right direction.

I thought, why not see plastic in my life. How embedded is it? How easy to replace? How recyclable?

I start with the laptop I’m typing this on. It is plastic largely. If this was replaced by metal or wood, I suspect the weight and the cost would go up significantly. On the other hand, I’ve used it for years, and I suspect recycling the plastic is not going to be as much of a problem as recycling the electronic components – Hard disk/Chips/Screen is going to be.

Next, the pen I use to write in my notebook is made of plastic – single use at that. There is no need for it to be. The plastic itself is sturdy enough to last for years, and the ink can be filled.

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This problem (the pen’s waste footprint) is ideally solved at the design stage. It’s not a big deal for Mitsubishi Pencil Co. because the customers are still buying the pen at a low cost – a cost that does not account for the waste footprint of the pen.

Hmmm….

OK. More later.

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