Patent search strategies for various areas of ‘environmental’ technologies have been developed at OECD and have been used to produce the dataset. EPO patent counts are based on data received from the European Patent Office.
We're using an increasing number of one-use products such as plastic razors, cups, paper towels, wipes, nappies, plastic bags, paper napkins and even disposable cameras to name a few. Not only do they usually cost more in the long-run, they involve the consumption of more resources and energy than their reusable alternatives.
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