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Vast Opportunities To “Circulate” Plastic as a Resource

Those who lead the market with bring-back programs, “enlightened procurement”, reverse supply-chains and home “collection” programs will be well suited to inspire, recruit and engage communities.

Vast Opportunities To “Circulate” Plastic as a Resource

Looping Plastic into the Circular Economy

The recovery and circulation of plastic waste, however, also poses some large opportunities for the engaged leaders in business, innovation and policy that see this blight in our environment and waters continuing to grow. Those who lead in the use of bring-back programs, “enlightened procurement” for recycled content, and optimization of reverse supply-chains and home “recovery/collection” programs to complement deliveries, will be well suited to inspire, recruit and engage communities who now recognize unsustainability, but who may not know how to act on it efficiently themselves.

Looping Plastic into the Circular Economy

Energy and Plastic Waste Crisis Could Be Reduced via Waste-to-Energy

Waste-to-energy is not a new concept, yet despite successful operations globally, it is often not on the radar of many governments as an option. This is unfortunate, as the opportunity exists to both effectively remove plastic pollution, while simultaneously supporting some of the local energy needs in the wake of the decommissioning of coal-fired generators. It can also simply help to fill the increased demand of a growing consumer population, and can even be made into road-ready fuel by smart technology like that of Australia’s Integrated Green Energy Solutions Ltd.

Energy and Plastic Waste Crisis Could Be Reduced via Waste-to-Energy

Plasticity Forum Attracts International Speakers for Discussion on Transforming Plastic Waste Into Valuable Resources

Companies and governments play key roles inspire reduced waste, create new end markets, spur jobs, and improve environments vis-a-vis plastic pollution.

Plasticity Forum Attracts International Speakers for Discussion on Transforming Plastic Waste Into Valuable Resources

China's "National Sword" Policy Strikes the Plastics Circular Economy

Global plastic waste resources which are being exported for recycling are now under threat from China’s new “National Sword” policy which is disrupting the region’s plastic scrap marketplace. Rather than creating doom, this change in circumstances offers new opportunities for both existing recyclers and new businesses which can mobilize domestic innovation, job creation and plastic resource recycling domestically in the countries where the waste is generated.

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Sustainability Efforts Reshaping Some Brands’ Food Packaging

Brand owners and major retailers are responding to consumer demands and increasingly stepping up to “do the right thing” environmentally as they publicly commit to sustainable food packaging. These initiatives are designed to reduce packaging waste and encourage a shift to the circular economy.

The goal of the circular economy – currently a better-known concept in Europe than in North America – is to move from our traditional take-make-dispose economy, to one that has a closed loop, where materials, nutrients and data are continuously repurposed. One impact of such a concept is that it encourages greater use of biopolymers and recycled content in all appropriate types of packaging, including in food and beverage packaging.

Sustainability Efforts Reshaping Some Brands’ Food Packaging

"Plasticity Light" on Facebook Live - Summary Session for the Public at Earth Day Texas

Watch the “Plasticity Light” session, held on Saturday for the public at Earth Day Texas (April 22nd). You can view the 90min session on Facebook Live, starting at the 1hr 25min mark.

This was a summary of Plasticity, with a few of our conference speakers: Stuart Clark of FOY Group, Trish Hyde of the Australian Packaging Covenant, Rachael Miller of Rozalia Project, Alvaro De Marichalar, and Bob Grace, of RC Grace Ltd., and Doug Woodring, Founder of the Plasticity Forum.

Earth Day Texas Event in Dallas Brings Together Experts to Tackle Plastic Pollution at Scale

Plastic is among the most common types of pollution on Earth and is rapidly making its way into the oceans. Research published in the journal Science estimated that at least 5.3 million tons of plastic debris entered the world’s oceans in 2010.

On Friday, several environmentalists, financial experts and companies that manufacture and use plastic will meet in Dallas to work on tackling plastic pollution and potentially slow that flow.

Earth Day Texas Event in Dallas Brings Together Experts to Tackle Plastic Pollution at Scale

Plastic Opportunities for Change

Whether or not the ocean and our waters upstream are drivers for needed improvements in plastic pollution reduction, the health of our communities, and the customers we all need, should be incentive enough to demand and encourage management to really focus on being an active participant in the circular economy. Plastic pollution is now on the top of many environmental agendas, as it directly impacts the abilities of cities to be resilient, and “smart.” Governments can facilitate circularity and waste avoidance, but it is the private sector which will thrive on it once some good case studies are promoted, scaled and replicated.

Plastic Opportunities for Change

Plastic Pollution Solutions

For too long, topics about trash have been on the back burner. Litter is an eyesore, and when countries can “sweep it away,” they do. having traveled to many countries, it is apparent that not everyone has good waste management infrastructure, much less enough recycling capacity. The world has yet to scale some of the ground-breaking plastic innovations currently available, harnessing the resource value that plastic has. We believe the discussion at Plasticity can help change our ways of thinking of plastic, and waste. Plastic pollution is a global issue, but needs to be resolved at the local level.

Plastic Pollution Solutions
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