Rethinking plastics: Urgent call to action on plastics pollution

ScienceDaily | Jul 2, 2021 at 4:32 AM
  • Plastics now are everywhere in our lives, providing low-cost convenience and other benefits in countless applications.
  • In a sweeping introductory article, the scientists — including two from the University of Delaware, one from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California and another from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom — call for fundamental change in the way plastics are designed, produced, used and reused.
  • The ultimate goal: Designing, adopting and ensuring a “circular” lifecycle for plastics that leads not to a landfill or an ocean or a roadside, but to a long life of near-infinite use and reuse of the valuable resources and applications they represent.