In the past, the plastic industry has turned to recycling and consumer behavior to solve the plastics crisis. While the challenge to reduce plastic waste remains, the design and building industries’ power may have a more significant impact. AEC professionals can make choices at the beginning of the planning process to reduce plastic in the long term. AEC professionals can make a positive change toward plastic reduction in the built environment from building material selection and sustainable purchasing practices to reframing the current waste management system.
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