Chemical recycling offers a way to create a circular plastics economy

| January 8, 2020

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As public desire to tackle plastic pollution of the natural environment continues to grow, action being taken across the food industry is to be commended in many cases. However, the scale of the challenge that remains is vast. There is a danger that unless a larger-scale solution is implemented rapidly, the demonisation of one of the most versatile materials at our disposal, which has made an immeasurable difference to human health, will result in unintended but serious consequences. An increase in food waste, for instance, at a time when the threat of global food shortages is very real. The reality is that reducing our use of black plastic or using digital watermark technologies to improve the efficiency of mechanical recycling processes will only take us so far

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