Plastics are frequently criticized for everything from their toxicity to their contributions to ocean pollution, but they play an important role in enhancing use efficiencies and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Multiple environmental factors should be considered in material selection. This white paper prepared by McKinsey, examines the total GHG contribution of plastics versus its alternatives, including product life cycle (cradle to grave) and impact of use, but does not consider ocean pollution, which needs to be addressed separately. The objective is to contribute to the dialogue on material choice and broaden the available fact base for the evolving discussion around plastics.

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Climate Impact of Plastics

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