With the throwaway, disposable culture of yesterday gradually receding, today’s consumers are growing increasingly forward-thinking and environmentally savvy. It is essential for modern businesses to keep ahead of market movements and trends. One aspect which has undergone significant change in recent years is the plastics market, with policymakers, governments, and multinational organisations stepping away from single-use plastics, facilitating a global shift to green alternatives and sustainability.
Single-use plastics have a very long lifespan
Single-use plastic production necessitates reliance on finite fossil fuels. Manufacturing plastic requires significant resources, including coal, gas and crude oil. According to figures produced by the Clean Up Australia environmental organisation, producing nine plastic bags requires approximately the same amount of petroleum as that needed to fuel a one-kilometre car journey.
One of the main disadvantages of single-use plastics, particularly plastic bags and lunch wrappers, is their long lifespan. Though they may only be needed for a matter of hours or days, scientists estimate that single-use plastics can take anywhere between 20 and 1,000 years to biodegrade. During this time, plastics wreak catastrophic environmental damage, accumulating in ocean masses that not only look unsightly, but maim and kill marine animals and birds.
Rogue plastic items find their way into waterways. They are washed into oceans, killing thousands of animals annually. Since plastic bags are light, they are easily caught in the breeze and transported far and wide.
Biopolymers – an alternative to plastic
It is essential to reduce reliance on single-use plastics by developing environmentally sound and sustainable alternatives. With a management team that includes Managing Director Matthew Stone, Teysha Technologies recently announced that it had made significant headway in the development of biopolymers suitable for a variety of uses, including cosmetics, packaging and electrical appliances.
Duncan Clark, Teysha Technologies’ Head of Business Operations, reflected on the company’s exciting advancements in developing next-generation, earth-friendly plastics. Utilising cutting-edge innovations, Teysha Technologies has effectively created a plug-and-play system, creating versatile, durable and sustainable plastic alternatives derived from earth-friendly sources like starches and agricultural waste products.
Less pollution without less functionality and durability
Teysha Technologies’ biopolymer products closely mimic traditional plastics, providing an eco-friendly alternative that shows vast potential in reducing CO2 emissions and lowering plastic pollution without compromising on durability and functionality.
For several years now, the UK Government has made strides in discouraging use of single-use plastics, with plastic-stemmed cotton buds banned in England in October 2020, alongside plastic stirrers and straws. Teysha Technologies’ breakthrough provides a vital stepping-stone in the transition to sustainable plastic alternatives, eradicating the need to rely on fossil fuels and driving down CO2 emissions while simultaneously reducing plastic pollution in the world’s waterways and oceans.
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