Well, first and foremost, we're not anti-plastics. We're plastics professionals.
But we are not a voice of any plastics organization or association other than the voice of our staff and our members. So we are able to speak the truth about our industry.
Our industry, as we see it...
- - Plastic is a miracle material that is ubiquitous to mankind and in most cases preferable to the alternatives.
- - Environmentalists often provide a distorted negative image of plastics while not offering practical solutions or replacements that scale up to work on a worldwide basis.
- - The plastics industry is not effectively countering inaccuracies, distortions, etc. of environmentalists who simply want plastics to go away without thinking of the environmental results of that or of the environmental results of potentially worse non-plastic replacement materials.
- - There are reasonable health and environmental issues with some particular plastics or usage of plastics
- - The plastics industry needs to acknowledge these LOUDLY and support studies and proposals regarding these, instead of acting as if in denial or with its head buried in the sand.
Why we publish news that may seem 'anti-plastics'...
- The public is being inundated with anti-plastics info, much untrue, or distorted or without better alternatives and the industry is failing to educate the public as to plastics proper place in society. The plastics industry is losing the fight to accurately portray plastics in the environment versus alternatives. The 'fringe' environmentalist view that 'plastics are bad' seems to be moving from 'fringe' status to 'mainstream' for lack of a clear, trusted voice of reason.
The plastics industry seems generally perceived as this generations robber barons, without care of real environmental issues. The plastics industry is seen as propagandizing all plastics issues.
So we think it is important that plastics professionals coming to this site see what the public thinks of our industry. We shouldn't ignore or minimize the public perception.
It's not as simple as 'plastics are bad' or 'plastics are good'
Love to hear comments and we'll try to go into some details in future posts on this topic.