Plastics are an integral and important part of the global economy, and their production has increased from 15 million tonnes in the 1960s to 311 million tonnes in 2014 over the last 50 years. This figure is projected to triple by 2050, when plastic production may account for 20% of the world’s annual oil consumption. At the same time, the dynamic rise in production and the growing scale of application of plastic products have resulted in an increase in their mismanagement and, consequently, in the negative impact on the environment. There is without a doubt a clear need to design plastics to be used in the circular economy and recycled on a larger scale than today.
Read the article by Maciej Stodulski, PhD