Plastics Sustainability

Plastic Sustainability

This First  Presentation is on the  “Good, Bad and Ugly” aspects of plastics. The talk was given to a local community group in Kingsbridge Devon in 2016 and the heated debate that followed the talk had a major effect on my own thinking.

The Second Presentation was given in March 2019 and even since then matters have moved on. Inappropriate  plastics recycling and abuses relating to recycled plastics being dumped in overseas countries is emerging and the reuse of plastics, both multi use and single use, is now an open and widely debated subject.  Legislation whether UK, European or Global to curb excess plastic use and  waste is now clearly  needed.

The Third Presentation was given in November 2019 at Fribourg Switzerland as part of a Plastics Innovation Competence Centre (PICC) annual meeting. The meeting covered various aspects of “The circular economy” for plastics and I came away from the meeting with the conclusion that global manufacturers of plastic, such as BASF, Ineos, Dow, should (be forced?) to build Chemical Recycling units adjacent to their polymerization reactors and use feedstock from the Chemical recycling unit for the polymerisation of “new” plastic. In this way a genuine circular use of plastic can be achieved in a similar way to the steel, glass and paper industry that use significant recycled material for their new material. 

Plastic is fantastic


The Beauty and Nightmare of Plastics

The Second Presentation is from a seminar I gave at Bath University in March 2019.

The beauty and nightmare of plastics, bath university 2019 from Malcolm Mackley

Fribourg November 2019

The third presentation was given at a Plastics Innovation Competence Centre (PICC) update conference.