A lot has been said about plastic in terms of its evidenced non-sustainability. A lot has been written about how harmful the use and wasteful distribution has been to the natural environment, both flora and fauna, as well as to the earth’s atmosphere. Of course, a lot still depends on its purpose, its construction, and how it is being used. Improved health and safety considerations, as well as modern convenience, were under the radar when the conception of such a wide variety of plastic materials was formalized.
And to add irony to the good intensions, it required the use of oil, still one of the world’s worst polluters, if not, the very worst, to fabricate the plastics. But not today. Not anymore. It is no longer necessary to rely on oil for the manufacture of plastic. Plastic today still has its many favorable uses. It is now just a matter of getting all the basics right in terms of greater sustainability. The use of plastic blades has been preferred by industrialists who have custody over a variety of industries that are high in productivity levels.
But perhaps still some way off in terms of reducing carbon footprints to acceptable levels, or better still, becoming carbon neutral. Doctor blades continue to be used in the printing industries. Once metal was used but today, plastic is preferred as a more effective, safer and cost-effective option. To maintain, repair or even replace blades for printing presses remains a costly enterprise. To speak of better health and safety outcomes, plastic will be preferred in the health and wellness industries, and for that matter, the production of your everyday consumables, from food packaging to kitchen appliances.
It is now just a matter of recycling and renewing in the correct manner.