"The disposal of plastics is a highly visible global problem – from the
highest mountains to the deepest ocean trenches, waste plastic seems
inescapable. In natural conditions, plastics are nearly indestructible,
and yet they are discarded worldwide on a large scale: the world
produces around 359 million tonnes of plastics each year. The
environment cannot address their disposal at a speed fast enough to
prevent harm to living beings.
This has led to a consensus that plastics are an unsustainable material.
And yes, plastics are certainly an enormous problem, but they don’t
necessarily have to be.
The main issue is not with plastic as a material, but with our linear
economic model: goods are produced, consumed, then disposed of. This
model assumes endless economic growth and doesn’t consider the planet’s
But there are many ways we could set plastics on a different lifecycle –
and one that I have been working on is turning disused plastics into a
hardy, reliable and sustainable building material."
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*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics