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20 companies responsible for half the world’s single-use plastic

Single-use plastics

Single-use plastics and the reduction of them have been a focus for many years. A recent analysis, conducted by Mideroo, an Australian nonprofit, stated that “just 20 companies account for 55% of those plastics.” Food containers, plastic bags, and packaging materials are often the target of environmentalists and the production of these doesn’t seem to be slowing any time soon.

Exxon Mobil and chemical producer Dow are the top two producers of single-use plastic and Exxon has potentially found a way to make plastics that can be completely recycled.  The research of poly (diketoenamine) or PDK, which is at the center of recyclable plastics because it can be altered and some of its bonds can be reversed when submerged with other chemicals.

“If industry and policymakers embraced that potential, PDK could help alleviate a wide range of problems associated with plastic consumption—from ocean pollution to the strain on landfills.” This may open the possibility of expanding the PDK use to textiles and even 3D printing materials.

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