Professor Tom Welton, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, said: “Despite high environmental concerns, many of us are still confused about how best to approach plastic products on an individual level, but there is an urgent need for more help and clearer information .
“While some reforms are taking shape in terms of improved labeling and more consistent community processes, they are not happening fast enough and the resource impact of the coronavirus pandemic is making the situation more urgent. We need to contain the tide ”of single-use plastic pollution, and recycling is only part of the solution.
“In the longer term, we need more sustainable plastics, and the chemical industry has a big role to play, not only in developing more efficient recycling methods, but also in developing more recyclable materials from the ground up – materials that have less impact on the environment.
“To do this, we need significant collaboration between science, engineering, technology, materials design, humanities, human behavior, politics, regulation, business and economics.”