Throwing away the future: how companies still have it wrong on plastic pollution “solutions”

A new report from Greenpeace contends that multinational consumer goods companies are addressing the global plastics crisis with “false solutions.” Some of those solutions, the group says, harm the environment, such as the replacement of plastic straws with paper ones. Others, such as bioplastics, amount to little more than greenwashing, the report’s author writes, as they don’t provide the purported benefits compared to conventional plastics. Greenpeace argues for the phaseout of single-use packaging and investments in developing reusable containers that would substantially cut down on plastic waste.