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Climate Change

Plastic Pollutes, but Replacing It Is Even Worse ... Says Study Funded by Plastic

Switching to paper or glass isn’t the answer, a report commissioned by the American Chemistry Council says. Here’s why.

Two years ago, a London-based environmental consulting firm named Trucost wrote a report (PDF) for the United Nations Environment Program that said "the environmental impacts of plastic cannot be ignored." It cited litter, damage to marine life, greenhouse gases from plastics manufacturing, and other ills before recommending that "companies establish a strategy to reduce the impacts of plastic, including setting targets with deadlines."

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