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Advances in Sustainable Plastic Degradation

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Organizer: Love-Ese Chile, Bioplastic Specialist and Consultant, Grey to Green Sustainable Solutions

As the world becomes more educated and aware of the environmental issues facing our planet and the consequences of not addressing them, there has been a subsequent and significant increase in everyday citizens looking to do their part. Plastic pollution has become an issue of public concern with greater societal awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways. The quantity of disposable plastics used and the fact that most plastics do not breakdown fast in the environment, are root causes. Alternatives to petroleum-based plastics and biodegradable plastics are becoming more readily available to conscientious consumers. However, without new waste management and recovery options, these alternatives will not be as effective in supporting a circular economy.

This is why our session will focus on the advances in sustainable plastic degradation and highlight the recent research progress made involving the waste recovery aspect of the sustainable plastic lifecycle. Our session will illustrate how bio-derived and/or biodegradable plastics have the potential to significantly reduce not only plastic pollution, but fossil resource reliance as well. It will also show that we unfortunately still need more support in the development of infrastructure and technology to turn this goal into a reality and what you as green chemists and engineers can do to help.

Participants can expect to leave this session with a deeper insight into how to design materials for better use, the recovery and conversion used in the plastic degradation process, as well as new strategies, ideas, and approaches to the waste management of sustainable plastics.

We hope you will join us for the Advances in Sustainable Plastic Degradation session and look forward to discussing this important and timely topic with you in person!

This session will take place at the 23rd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference/9th International Conference on Green & Sustainable Chemistry on Wednesday, June 12 from 9:45 AM to 11:35 AM at the Regency A, Hyatt Regency Reston, VA.