On 1 March 2019 the Royal Society of Chemistry held a roundtable discussion meeting on sustainable plastics.
The environmental impact of plastics is currently a hot topic in the media, and is attracting increasing concern from the public and from policy makers. There is also a growing body of evidence on the environmental impacts of plastic waste.
With this in mind, the RSC Materials Chemistry Division held the discussion with the aim of developing an informed and expert view from the chemistry community, to help shape future activities and recommendations. The participants were all experts in plastics, including polymer chemists from academic institutions across the UK, representatives of the RSC Water Science Forum and Macro Group UK, as well as RSC staff and representatives from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).