These are the companies trying to solve the world’s plastic waste problem

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Since the 1950s, humans have produced about 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic, the grand majority of which has ended up in a landfill. As the waste piles up, a number of companies are exploring alternatives to single-use plastics, experimenting with everything from mushroom packaging to advanced fibers to plastics-free grocery stores. But it may take serious legislative efforts to incentive adoption and slow the rise of the industry overall.

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