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.
Over recent decades, plastics have proven themselves to be extremely valuable with many benefits. Plastic is vital to day-to-day life. However, when used plastics enter waste streams it is more challenging to recover the material for reuse.
Fierce fights they are... On the one hand we have old plastic industry players hailing the hygiene and use of more, new plastics in CoVid crisis times. On the other, we have environmental backers, virologists and governmental leaders stressing the environmental crisis as the absolute cause for all the misery we are in now.
There’s never been a greater focus on recycling than in the last 12 months – especially where plastic is concerned, says Paul Rendle-Barnes. What challenges is the industry currently facing and what does the future look like?
Sustainability is increasingly at the heart of brand development, regardless of industry or sector. Whether it’s the CSR communication of a global business or the promise of a more responsible approach from a start-up, sustainability impacts us all.