I believe we need to move away from single-use plastics and find alternatives to these types of products. Single-use plastic items break down into microparticles and smaller plastic products called microplastics that further pollute the environment. Even if plastics are recyclable, only a small portion of the plastic is actually recyclable, a lot of it is down-cycled or burned down for other uses. Another downside with single-use plastics is that a large amount of energy is needed to recycle them which is in turn harmful to the environment. I envision a world where all single-use items are fully biodegradable to eliminate the harmful effects of microplastics that exist now. This can be achieved by implementing a ban on all single-use plastic items, or by only allowing for fully biodegradable single-use items.
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