Welcome to the Plastics Weekly, NEO’s regular news monitoring of the plastics industry.
Every week, we publish a roundup of the top developments in plastics and sustainability – from regulatory changes to company news.
This week’s highlights:
- South Korea reached the No. 10 spot in this year’s “Green Future Index” report by the M.I.T. Technology Review, becoming a model for the World Economic Forum as it pushes to end plastic waste. At the current meeting in Davos, one session will focus on plastics pollution, in what participants hope will spotlight the need to produce sustainable practices worldwide. (The New York Times)
- The Chemours Company is leading a new initiative dubbed Remove2Reclaim to eliminate waste and reduce the amount of energy used in manufacturing by enabling circularity across a much wider range of applications. The global chemistry company has leading market positions in titanium dioxide (TiO2) technologies, as well as thermal and specialized solutions, and advanced performance materials. (Plastics Technology)
- The Alliance to End Plastic Waste is offering a $3 million prize for solutions to address flexible plastic packaging waste — one of the most challenging types of materials to process and recycle. This is the first global prize offered by the nonprofit alliance and one of the largest prizes aimed at circularity for flexible plastics, organizers say. (Forbes)