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replacing plastic with alternative materials

What do you think, in 100 years from now, will most large corporations and mid-sized companies (or all of them, by some government order), be replacing Plastic with alternative, innovative materials as part of sustainability? Will it be possible 100 years from now to buy shoes made of natural or "synthetic leather" (which is simply a form of plastic)?

Changes are happening all the time, e.g. more and more fashion designers are replacing natural leather with pinatex and giving up fur altogether - although I think we're still at the beginning of this sustainability journey, given the exploitation of Asian workers and other practices that pollute the earth even more - dyeing fabrics with harmful dyes, utilisation (let's be honest, just burning) unsold clothes instead of recycling them. Some activities to recycle already produced clothes are being made by Zalando, which has opened a second hand with things (Pre-Owned) - as part of the effort, customers can send back worn clothes to Zalando's second hand outlet, receiving a shopping voucher in return. The second hand works in selected countries.

Another example, slightly more related to the materials themselves, is Lego - the brand has committed to produce all blocks from plastic obtained from sugar cane until 2030, in addition to which Lego offices use only renewable energy sources (wind) and introduce eco-innovations to their products, e.g. the possibility of rebuilding old sets of bricks according to the environment-friendly green instructions for completely new, ecological vehicles or constructions. I wonder if cultivation of sugar cane in industrial quantities will not destroy the balance of nature even more than its happening now and will not impair biodiversity.

How do you think its going to be develop? Are these actions for show or based on a genuine need? I don't know of a CSR whose goal is not (in addition to everything else) profit or at least a positive reputation among customers that results in sales. I'm curious of your observations.

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