September 22, 2017

How Can Eco-friendly Plastic Bottles Be A Bad Idea?

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An enterprising man has come up with a biodegradable plastic bottle, much to the chagrin of the recycling industry

Of all the plastic bottles that end up on store shelves, only 28% end up being recycled. The other 72% end up in a landfill as garbage, according to the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers.

So if someone could invent a biodegradable plastic bottle, why would it be a bad idea? Danny Clark, who did invent that plastic bottle, is beginning to find out. All he wants to do is something positive for our environment. Instead he his getting a lot of opposition from a very large and even unexpected source: the $400 billion recycling industry.

The recycling industry fears that if biodegradable bottles replace the current plastic bottles they will no longer be able to make products such as carpet, clothing or even new bottles.

With companies like Clark’s coming into the picture, the recycling industry is campaigning hard against them. The plastic bottle sales are already slowing, and with such a small amount being recycled, the industry is seeing losses in it’s profits.

Not only do we deal with the 72% that ends up in landfills taking a hundred years to decompose, and that not even entirely, there is also the issue of the millions of barrels of oil it takes to produce the plastic bottles.

Clark would like to change all that. Just 3 years ago, he left his job as a communication engineer and decided to form a team to create this new type of bottle. In 2008, he came up with a truly biodegradable and recyclable polyethylene terephthalate or PET plastic bottle.

The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers said that Clark’s company has told them his business will not hurt their business, but they still see it as competition that they are not willing to work with at this time.