Plastic products are used extensively in agriculture, for example to increase crop yield and improve the efficiency of water and agrichemical use. “Agriplastic” products include films to cover greenhouses and tunnels, mulch to cover soil (e.g. to suppress weeds, conserve water, increase soil temperature and aid fertilizer application), shade cloth, pesticide containers, seedling trays, protective mesh and irrigation tubing (Scarascia-Mugnozza et al. 2012). The polymers most commonly used in these products are lowdensity polyethylene (LPDE), linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), polypropylene (PP) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) (Briassoulis 2013; PlasticsEurope 2019).
From collection: Drowning in Plastics: Marine Litter and Plastic Waste Vital Graphics