Today, plastic nets are used in various applications, from fishing nets to agricultural nets to netting for construction projects. It’s estimated that plastic netting is a $2.5 billion industry worldwide. They are made from plastics like Nylon, Polyethylene, and polypropylene. While plastic nets offer many advantages over their natural counterparts (such as nylon or cotton nets), they also have some environmental concerns.
For example, plastic nets can become pollution in the ocean if they’re not disposed of properly. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the pros and cons of plastic nets before using them. Here’s a closer look at both sides of the issue:
Pros of Plastic Nets –
1. They’re durable. One of the biggest advantages of plastic nets is that they are extremely durable. This is especially beneficial for applications like fishing nets, which need to withstand a lot of wear and tear.
2. They’re affordable. Plastic nets are also generally more affordable than natural nets. This makes them a good option for those on a budget.
3. They’re light. Another advantage of plastic nets is that they’re usually lighter than natural nets. This is beneficial for applications where the net will be moved around often, such as construction netting.
4. They’re easy to clean.
5. They’re not as strong as natural nets. Although plastic nets are generally very strong, they’re not as strong as natural nets. This is something to keep in mind for applications where strength is important, such as construction netting.
Plastic nets are here to stay. They’re inevitable and till the time we finally find an alternative we are going to use them when required.
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