Revolution: environmentally conscious design in plastics

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In 2018 Collins dictionary declared 'single-use' to be the word of the year.  For them the term describes items whose unchecked proliferation are blamed for damaging the environment and affecting the food chain.

 

Single-use refers to products – often plastic – that are ‘made to be used once only’ before disposal. Images of plastic adrift in the most distant oceans, such as straws, bottles, and bags have led to a global campaign to reduce their use.

The word has seen a four-fold increase since 2013, with news stories and images such as those seen in the BBC’s Blue Planet II steeply raising public awareness of the issue.

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Objects made of plastics have become synonymous with the term ‘single-use’ and with environmental devastation, as well as the depletion of fossil fuel stocks.  Revolution aims to redress the balance by exploring environmentally conscious design in plastics; the use of recycled and upcycled materials, alternative sources of feedstocks, and the ways in which plastics objects can help to prevent environmental disaster.