A gap remains in the circular economy conversation: Toxic chemicals in packaging

February 27, 2019

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This is the first blog in a series evaluating the challenges associated with single-use food packaging waste. This week Walmart joined a growing number of companies that are trying to advance the circular economy for packaging. Like previous commitments from Nestle, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s, Walmart is stepping up its efforts to use more recyclable packaging, incorporate more recycled content, and accelerate development of collection and recycling infrastructures. EDF has a long history fighting for greater and smarter plastics recycling, so we are pleased to see more companies working to eliminate plastic packaging waste from our environment. However, something is often missing from their statements: commitments for safer packaging free of toxic chemicals.

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S&D Chemicals

S&D Chemicals is Sri Lankan based chemical manufacturing company which was established in 1998. Since then, the company has grown many folds and has diversified into a variety of products and intermediates for Textile processing and Garment Wet Processing, Personal Care, Home Care, Adhesives, Sealants, Surface Coatings, and Industrial Chemicals for the Rubber Industry and for Water Treatment. Being one of the very few companies with polymerization capabilities in the country, we manufacture and supply a number of polymers to different industry segments of the market.

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