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Finalists Reveal Livestream Day
The presentation of the Director General will cover the latest updates on the legislative developments and Commissions objectives covering plastics including the Circular Plastic Alliance, Single Use Plastic Directive that entered into force this year as well as the ongoing actions under the New Circular Economy Action Plan.
Today, more than ever, converters and brand owners are seeking technologies that can help to make their plastic packaging products more sustainable. Milliken & Co. – which recently documented its environmental progress in its third annual corporate sustainability report – continues to pursue ambitious sustainability goals, and is doing so both transparently and via several key partnerships. We’re also promoting sustainability every day at the product level via innovative R&D. Our portfolio of DeltaMax® Performance Modifiers is a prime example.
As a plastic resin, polypropylene (PP) has a number of desirable sustainability benefits. It has a modest carbon footprint to manufacture, is durable, relatively lightweight and inherently recyclable. What prevents recycled polypropylene (rPP) from being used more widely in injection molded components, till now, has been its shortcomings related to tradeoffs in melt-flow, impact and stiffness properties. Milliken is working together with the PP value chain to address these challenges through its new DeltaMax Performance Modifiers technology.
At LyondellBasell we believe that transitioning to a circular economy will reduce resource use and enable a more sustainable future. To be able to achieve that, we are advancing technologies and innovations that will help conserve finite resources and retain their value for as long as possible. For example, we have invested in industry-leading mechanical recycling facilities called Quality Circular Polymers (QCP), together with our joint venture partner SUEZ. Our model of mechanical recycling is to create recycled polymers that are targeted in applications currently using virgin polymers. We are also developing a proprietary molecular recycling technology, called MoReTec, using a catalytic pyrolysis process to improve the breakdown of plastic waste. We see this type of advanced recycling as complementary to mechanical recycling, playing an important role in areas where mechanical recycling is challenged such as with mixed waste and multilayer films. Today’s challenge of plastic waste and climate change cannot be addressed with one single solution, or one company alone - a variety of solutions and partnerships across the value chain are needed. We believe our efforts to advance mechanical recycling and molecular recycling are good examples of complementary solutions and innovative partnerships, and are just the starting point as we move towards a climate ambition beyond our 2030 goal. Together with our technology advancements, our growing Circulen product portfolio of polymers derived from alternative and renewable-based feedstocks offer our customers solutions to help address some of society’s most pressing challenges.
Watch live as this year's finalists for the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe are revealed.
An interview with UNIDO discussing their Switch to Circular Economy Value Chains project