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  • Writer's pictureAlison Evans

Does plastic have a place any longer?

Updated: Jul 20, 2021

A few days ago, our attention was drawn to an article in The Independent which is gathering opposing opinions on Linked In.

The article reports that replacements for traditional plastics such as “compostable or wooden cutlery, may have potentially greater environmental consequences, including higher carbon emissions, than plastic”, with consumers apparently complaining to supermarkets “saying that plastic is evil and has no place, regardless of any positives it might have in addressing food waste”.

We decided to weigh in on this debate because Floreon is a plant-based alternative to oil-based plastics, and we are sure you would agree that that is not evil!

Our material offers up to 6 times lower carbon footprint than oil-based plastics because it is made from renewable resources. Yet, Floreon offers enhanced performance that has previously not been possible with the bioplastic PLA.

Commenting on this, our Technical Director, Andrew Gill said, “the issue of plastic waste finding its way into the environment has triggered an immense backlash from consumers and rightly so. Whilst plastic is often found to be the best packaging option through lifecycle analysis, many plastic packages are too complex or are of such low value that they just don’t get recycled. Floreon’s material is both recyclable and compostable, allowing packaging companies to design for the most appropriate end of life scenario for their product. The fact that Floreon is renewable and has a low carbon footprint is an added benefit and makes it an excellent choice for the environment.”

We want to make it clear that not all plastics have damaging environmental consequences. We believe that plastic does have a place if it is renewable and we remain open to discussions with those who are helping to build a sustainable future, as we are.

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