What steps do you consider conducive to reducing plastic waste? For example, what do you think of the EU action plan on recycling?
The EU activities acknowledge how important plastics are in our society. We fully agree with the EU that plastic waste has no place in the environment. In order to find solutions here, we need the cooperation of all players along the value chain from the manufacturer to the consumer. The issue has already reached a wide audience, not only in the chemical industry, but also among processors, brand owners, retailers and the recycling industry. We see the approach to disposable plastic, as in the case of cotton swabs, more as a symbolism aimed at consumers. It would be nice if governmental policies would lead to a change in awareness – away from a disposable culture – because it is oriented towards the most frequently found plastic items. But substitute products, for example for plastic bags, are not necessarily more environmentally friendly. And especially in the field of food packaging, plastic serves to protect food that would otherwise spoil more quickly.