Every year the world produces nearly 400 million tons of plastic.
It’s an incredibly useful and practical material.
It’s estimated that the growing worldwide middle class and population increases will result in a tripling of demand for plastic products within a few decades.
Yet concern is growing about the impact plastic has on the environment.
Already, bans on single-use plastic products like straws and bags are being implemented throughout the world.
Tomi Nyman from ÅF Pöyry Management Consulting believes the plastics industry can, and must, develop a new, more sustainable approach to developing and manufacturing plastic materials.
He outlines Pöyry’s PlasticsToBio initiative. Its goal is to make all plastic bio-based and focus on recycling and re-use. You can read more about it here.