EURACTIV | Chemistry’s waste problem


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Europe’s chemical industry needs to embrace circular thinking and urgently address concerns about substances getting into the environment or risk being crushed by regulators, writes Tom Parker.

Against a growing tide of consumer concern and the backdrop of an emerging EU Circular Economy Agenda, Dow CEO Jim Fitterling commented in March 2019 that there could be no denial of the plastic waste problem. In doing so, he put his finger on the phase of the chemical lifecycle that will be the single greatest challenge in the years ahead, not just for the plastic industry but for the chemical industry at large.

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