Welcome to NEO’s weekly news monitoring of the plastics industry.
Every Monday, we publish a roundup of the top developments in plastics and sustainability – from regulatory changes to company news.
This week’s highlights:
- Industry experts urged companies that make, use, dispose, and recycle plastics to weigh in on global efforts to restrict plastic waste and chemicals used to make it at the Global Chemical Regulations Conference this week. The annual meeting was attended by companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp., Occidental Chemical Corp., Royal Dutch Shell plc. (Bloomberg)
- Exposure to harmful chemicals in plastics may increase the risk of postpartum dipression, according to a new study of pregnant women. The potentially harmful chemicals – also known as bisphenols (BPA) and phthalates – are commonly found in plastics and products like lipstick, perfumes and lotions. (Forbes)
- Plaste waste disproportionately affects marginalized populations, the UN’s Environment Programme (UNEP) found in a new report. The UNEP calls for an expansion in plastic waste monitoring and better waste management in along with further studies on the health impacts of plastic waste. (Sustainability Times)