Circular Economy

The unique characteristics of plastics allow them to make a strong contribution to a more environmentally sustainable and resource efficient Europe. Lightweight, versatile and durable plastics contribute to save energy and other major resources (food, water, etc) in strategic sectors such as packaging, building & construction, automotive and renewable energy, to name but a few. Improving Europe's competitiveness and resource efficiency should be what we are striving for. The Circular Economy is one of the means of reaching this overarching objective. Increasing circularity of plastics by making sure that plastic waste is properly and ever more recovered, so that it does not end up in landfill or in the environment, is important. However, choices should be sustainable and rather than considering resource efficiency aspects at the end of life of a product only, the entire life cycle should be taken into account so that decisions truly help towards reaching this goal.

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