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Economic implications of the ban on single-use plastics in the Caribbean: A case study of Trinidad and Tobago

Economic implications of the ban on single-use plastics in the Caribbean: A case study of Trinidad and Tobago

Over the past 50 years, the global annual production of plastics has increased dramatically, from 15 million tons in 1964 to roughly 311 million tons by 2014. This spectacular growth has occurred due to its unrivalled physical properties, which allow it to be widely applied in diverse economic production processes, at low cost. One of its main appplications has been in the packaging industry where roughly 26% of the global volume of plastics is used. More importantly, as much as 95% of plastic packaging – estimated at USD 80 – 120 billion annually - is for single-use, either as packaging...

  • Phillips, Willard
  • Thorne, Elizabeth
  • Roopnarine, Camille
novembro 2020
50 p.

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