Plastics: The Good and the Ban

Is it time to ban single-use plastics?

On December 9, 2019, the Honolulu City Council voted 7-2 to ban plastic straws and polystyrene foam food containers. Is it time to ban single-use plastics for good?  This working paper takes a look at trends in regulations.

Plastics are used in a number of products that help generate renewable energy through solar panels and wind turbines and lower fuel use through lighter transport vehicles. However, single-use plastic does not fight climate change, instead it simply adds pollution to our planet.