Plastic revolutionised our lifestyles by its virtues — it’s inexpensive, lightweight, strong, shock-resistant, corrosion-resistant and readily available. It can be coloured, melted, shaped, squashed, rolled into sheets or made into fibres. The plastic product proliferation has been extraordinary in the last 70 years and now we produce nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year. Start listing down daily-use items which do and do not comprise of some form of plastic, and you’ll realise that the latter is far too difficult.

Single-use, a term referring to products — often made of plastic — that are made to be used once…

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