Plastics are the materials of our time. They help us overcome global challenges, such aligning economy and society with climate-neutrality, developing new mobility concepts, or making our cities more livable.
However, in order to achieve a truly sustainable future and protect our environment in the long run, our understanding of plastic waste – and waste as a whole – must fundamentally change.
Produce, consume, dispose – it often works like a one-way street. But this pattern has had its day. Industry must now work to ensure that plastics can be used for as long as possible. That means that at the end of their lives, plastics should not become waste. Instead, plastic should be systematically and effectively reused and recycled.
But to do this, disposal systems and recycling technologies throughout the world need to be improved. And in many places, they still need to be set up. This evolution can only happen if all market players work closely together. And in this scenario, the plastics industry must and will assume the leading role for managing plastic recycling. Covestro wants to be at the forefront of this development.