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Plastic in the Depths: Multinational denies dropping plan to recycle plastic sachets ? and leaving developing countries with a toxic headache as they end up in landfill or the oceanFive years ago, Unilever announced a ?radical recycling? process aimed at tackling a huge waste scourge it helped to create: billions of single-use sachets that litter south-east Asia?s landfills, pollute its waterways and wash up on its beaches.The ?sachet economy? of single servings at low prices, targeting poorer consumers, began across much of the developing world in the 1990s. Sold at shops and stalls across south-east Asia and Africa, these brightly coloured palm-sized packets contain everything from shampoo to coffee. But their size and multilayered structure render them almost impossible to collect and recycle. In Indonesia, which lacks the infrastructure to deal with waste, they represent the ultimate symbol of throwaway culture, making up 16% of all plastic waste. Continue reading...
Celý článek: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/01/how-unilever-plastic-sachets-became-a-toxic-scourge-oceans
Zdroj: The Guardian
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