It is impossible to understand the sustainability challenges inherent in PLFs without looking at the full lifecycle of these chemicals. In order to ensure a whole-system approach, the task force identified two missions for industry:
- Develop and scale biodegradable PLFs by 2030.
- Advance circular economy infrastructure for PLFs by 2030.
The former focuses on mitigating the environmental impact of PLFs that cannot be collected and recycled by designing new polymers/products that biodegrade in soil or water. The latter seeks to set a standard for the recycling and circularity of PLFs.
The missions can be delivered by nine priorities to speed the transition to a sustainable ecosystem. These include the creation of a ‘Biodegradability Network’ where universities, research labs, and other stakeholders share knowledge to help advance the biodegradability of PLFs, and the implementation of national chemicals regulations to deliver more effective observation and control of pollutants.
Task force members include (alphabetically): Afton Chemicals; BASF; Croda, Crown Paints; Dow; Northumbrian Water; Scott Bader; Unilever; United Utilities; Walgreens Boots Alliance.
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