When people are asked how they react to the plastic they see in their life, the answers are varied.
But a new poll from the Globe And The Mail shows the plastic that most people hate, even more so than the plastics they dislike.
About one in five people in the survey said they hate plastic in their home and a similar proportion said they dislike plastic in other places.
When asked why they hate it, about half of those respondents said it’s because of the chemicals they’re exposed to.
The survey also found that, despite the general consensus, there’s a wide variety of opinions about the effects of plastic.
About two-thirds of respondents said they don’t have a problem with plastic in the workplace and nearly one-third said they have a negative reaction to the plastics in their homes.
What about the rest?
Nearly one-quarter of respondents in the poll said they think plastic is a “good” product and about a quarter said they want to see it more widely used.
Most respondents who say they hate plastics in the home and don’t want to have it in their businesses also want more plastic-free packaging.
And about half said they would be willing to pay more for plastic-less packaging if they could.
Still, many people don’t see any tangible benefit to having plastic in your home.
“I don’t think there is any tangible benefits from having plastic here,” said Peter C. MacLeod, a materials scientist at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
He also noted that there is no clear indication of how many people are having a problem.
“In my view, there is a lot of confusion and there is still some uncertainty about the prevalence of plastic in our society.”
But the poll also suggests that the perception that plastic is toxic is one of the reasons people are avoiding plastic.
“It is really a question of whether people really understand the toxic nature of plastics,” MacLeod said.
“There is a huge misconception about the toxicity of plastics.
The idea is that it’s not as bad as we think.”
One in five respondents said plastic can be “bad for your health” and more than one-fifth said they do not think it’s safe.
What do you think?