As we explained in the previous post, the use of virgin plastic compared to 100% recycled PET (or RPET) is much less convenient to use in terms of environmental care.
So, is it still sustainable to continue producing it? If RPET offers us many more benefits both in terms of recycled product, economically and environmentally? Should virgin plastic continue to exist?
Recycled plastic may not look the same as virgin plastic, it is less conspicuous, but it fulfils its functionality and even has a number of specific uses that are even superior.
In addition, virgin plastic is much more expensive than RPET, and what many manufacturers are doing is selling the cheaper virgin plastic by adding "100% plastic", a misleading claim.
According to sources in China's recycling industry, due to the coronavirus-induced collapse, the price of oil skyrocketed and so did the raw material for making plastic, driving the price of virgin plastic to a record high.
In that respect, what many manufacturers have been doing is mixing: "It's not hard to imagine that some recyclers mix premium materials and claim it's post-consumer recycled content," said Dr Steve Wong, executive director of Fukutomi Recycling and chairman of the China Plastic Scrap Association.
One of the ways in which a mixture of new and used plastic has been falsely marketed as 100% recycled content.
So, is it sustainable to continue producing virgin plastic? NO.
So, should it continue to be produced or make the complete switch to RPET plastic? Draw your own conclusions.