Alongside news of wildfires in the Amazon rainforest and global climate protests spearheaded by Greta Thunberg, there are some environmental policy events that are worth returning to when 2019 is closing its doors. Anne-Sofie Bäckar, Executive Director at ChemSec lists five positive signs that are worth mentioning again.
Up until recently, not many had even heard about chemical recycling – now everyone is talking about it. This new buzzword has been portrayed as the solution to all our plastic recycling problems, but what does it actually mean?
To me, it’s obvious that policy makers need to step up their game. The transition to safer chemicals cannot solely be driven by consumers trying to make sense of content declarations on the back of shampoo bottles. Besides, the positive environmental impact of an informed purchase is absolutely dwarfed by an industry wide law.
A couple of weeks ago, chemical producing giant Dupont announced via a press release its new sustainability goals, including an ambition to design all of its products in line with the green chemistry principles. In this situation, where the current business model has reached the end of the road, there aren’t many options left for Dupont but to announce a major turnaround.
Mind the Store just released its new report card, which shows some real improvements in how retailers are dealing with the use of hazardous chemicals in their products. Here are three interesting findings from this year’s report card.