Report entitled "Plastics in a closed-loop economy"

28 May 2020

 

"Plastics in a closed-loop economy"

We encourage you to read the latest report entitled "Plastics in a closed-loop economy" prepared by Agnieszka Sznyk,PhD,  Katarzyna van Rooijen and Hubert Bukowski from the Institute of Innovation and Responsible Development.

Lately, plastics have become one of the hot topics both in the media and on various experts, scientists, decision makers and business forums. In most cases, the subject is presented very subjectively, both by opponents and supporters of this material. Unfortunately radicalism, populism and zero one treatment of the issue can be seen from all sides.

At INNOWO, we wanted to contribute to this discussion and look at the problem from a broader perspective. At the same time we want to show various shades of gray that are associated with this topic. We should avoid radicalism as hasty actions that seemingly solve one problem, can quickly create much greater threats.

The topic of plastic is a very difficult and complex one. Certainly there is too much plastic being currently used, often in a carefree way. We also lack systemic solutions that could facilitate its recycling. However, is the replacement of plastic with another material the right way out? For example, will replacing all plastic bottles with glass solve the problem? Certainly not, as this may cause further environmental threats, as the complex product life cycle and environmental footprint assessment proves.

In the report we embarked on a difficult mission to showcase both the benefits of using plastic - a virtually irreplaceable material for many sectors and industries, and the risks that are connected with its application. The publication also contains interesting innovative solutions and good practices that are a step towards making the plastics industry sustainable.

Additionally, we have created a mini guide for the consumers whose daily habits and activities are of great importance in reducing plastic pollution in the environment.


Already in the development of this publication, we came across many critics from both sides– the industry and environmentalists, who claimed that our view is overly pessimistic or, on the contrary – full of populism and wishful thinking. This shows how multidimensional and opaque this topic is. And so, with this report, we set on a journey to show this ambiguity.

As INNOWO, we want to use Polish Circular Hotspot initiatives and activities to systematically bring consumers and businesses closer, to cooperate with the aim to achieve a more responsible production and consumption of plastics.

In the meantime, we invite you to read the publication and draw your own conclusions!

Download the report