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Latest study on plastics misses the mark according to industry associations

The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) has released a report called "Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet," which looks at plastics production and greenhouse gas emissions. The American Chemistry Council (ACC) responded with the following statement, attributed to Steve Russell, vice president of ACC's Plastics Division:

Replacing plastic packaging with other materials would have adverse environmental impacts, according to ACC

According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the new study, "Life Cycle Impacts of Plastic Packaging Compared to Substitutes In the United States and Canada: Theoretical Substitution Analysis," finds that replacing plastic with alternative materials in packaging applications would cause increases in energy use, water consumption and solid waste, as well as increase greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), acidification, eutrophication and ozone depletion.