By now, we are all familiar with the controversy and challenges surrounding the usage of hydrocarbon-based plastics, which have fallen from wonder materials to world-polluting menaces in the span of 100 years.
The pandemic has undoubtedly caused world-wide disruption in every sector, one of which is the Circular Economy where numerous sustainability initiatives have slowed down or ground to a halt. One area that has expanded, however, is Polypropylene (PP) single-use containers as global take-away food demand has soared.
The circular economy is a term that is increasingly being rolled out by organisations around the world to define how they are taking everything from climate change to waste management seriously. We are, however, way past the point of bold statements and definitions. Transformational actions are urgently needed.
The Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge Fund (SSPP) was established to support investment in research and innovation in plastic packaging to help the UK achieve the very stretching Plastic Pact targets.
At the recent inaugural virtual Global Research Innovation in Plastics Sustainability conference, Physical Chemistry Professor Tony Ryan, OBE, from the University of Sheffield,
offered an alternative take on the practice of landfilling.