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A Sea Change: Plastics Pathway to Sustainability Special Report

Plastics sustainability is the most critical issue facing the plastics industry and is likely to lead to greater regulation (including bans) and deselection by consumers, retailers & brand owners.

This issue is challenging the entire chemical value chain.

This study will address key questions surrounding plastic sustainability:
  • What is the current and future impact on virgin and PCR plastics demand from sustainability initiatives?
  • How will various end-use demand segments be impacted by sustainability developments?
  • How do global and regional regulatory trends impact plastics demand?
  • What is the potential impact on petrochemical monomer and feedstock demand resulting from plastics sustainability development?
  • How well is PCR supply positioned to satisfy demand? What are the current and future constraints?
  • How do sustainability initiatives affect future plastic prices?
  • How much PCR will be available? Where does it end up and why?

A Sea Change: Plastics Pathway to Sustainability special study helps stake holders move progressively to address the issues of plastics sustainability with extensive analysis and data quantifying the impacts.

The study deliverables include:

  • Review of current and evolving government regulations and Consumer Product Companies’ policies for plastics sustainability initiatives for major consuming geographies
  • An in-depth review of the infrastructure disconnect between post-consumer recycle demand and supply.
  • Demand analysis by detailed end-use segment for major polymers (LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE, PP, PS, EPS, PVC, PET) for the time period 2018-2030 for major demand centers (Europe, U.S. & Canada, China, India). The demand analysis compares a Base Trendline to a Maximum Viable Threshold view by assessing the potential for:
    • de-selection via bans or alternative material
    • increased use of post-consumer recycle content
  • Global integrated supply/demand views for the major polymers base chemicals and associated feedstocks for 2018 - 2030 reflecting the changes associated by the Maximum Viable Threshold demand compare to the Base Trendline.
  • Profile the major technologies for plastics recycling and the potential impact on PCR resin supply volumes.
  • Assess the impact of PCR chemical recycling technologies on monomer and/or hydrocarbon supply.

Study content will be delivered via:

  • Detailed PowerPoint slide decks
  • Excel files containing the data that forms the basis of the analysis with capability to run demand scenarios
  • Optional, complimentary interactive 1.5 day study presentation where subject matter experts provide detailed insight and commentary

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Study Collaborators


More Recycling (MORE) is a research and technology company that provides forward-thinking programs, tools, and strategic planning services to accelerate the transition to a society that manages resources sustainably. With over 25 years of experience in the recycling of postconsumer materials, specifically plastics, MORE offers a deep understanding of the complex and ever-changing lifecycle of plastic packaging—from collection to recycling infrastructure to end-use markets. The company serves as a liaison between industry, public agencies, and NGO’s and prioritizes accurate information and neutrality in the marketplace.

Environmental Packaging International (EPI) is a consultancy specializing in environmental compliance, product stewardship and sustainability related to packaging and products. EPI works with US-based and multinational companies (retailers, producers, manufacturers and brand owners), including Fortune 500s and smaller startups, to help them achieve their sustainability goals and comply with Extended Producer Responsibility and other global requirements. EPI provides techniques and tools to assist companies in tracking their progress towards corporate sustainability goals and assists clients with integrating aspects of environmental compliance into their supply chain management, product design processes and other business systems. Located in Jamestown, RI, EPI’s 20 years of experience in packaging and product stewardship provides high-quality consulting services that advance sustainability.

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