Is Reusable Always Best? Comparing Environmental Impacts of Reusable vs. Single-use Kitchenware

July 6, 2021

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Presented by Michigan News

U-M School for Environment and Sustainability Center for Sustainable Systems environmental engineer Shelie Miller discusses the impact of common kitchenware products – both single-use plastics and reusables. Miller examines four categories: drinking straws, sandwich bags and wraps, coffee cups and forks, looking at the environmental “payback period” and finding that most of these reusable alternatives never “manage to reach that break-even point.” The faculty expert further highlights the results from the research, explaining the total impact from these products on the environment.

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