Curing our Addiction to Fossil and Nonbiodegradable Plastics: Steps Ahead

Petri Vasara, Pongpatchara Pongpiriyakan, Tomi Nyman, Hannele Lehtinen, Idil-Nazli Aktüre, Olli Laukkanen

Abstract


We are suffering from a global plastic addiction. Ways to curb it include the decreasing of plastic end uses and substituting fossil and non-biodegradable plastics with more sustainable alternatives such as bioplastics, cellulosic fibre-based solutions, and recycled plastics. We have the problem of choice: among hundreds of plastic end uses and potential substitutes, how do we pick the best options for each case – financially, socially, and environmentally? How do we support companies, authorities, and consumers with extensive knowledge encapsulated in advanced yet usable decision support? Answers may lie in data mining as a basis.

Keywords


Plastics; Plastics substitution; Bioplastics; Recycling; Fibre; Algorithms; Machine learning

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