Circular systems employ reuse, sharing, repair, refurbishment, re-manufacturing and recycling to create a close-loop system, minimizing the use of resource inputs and the creation of waste, pollution and carbon emissions. The circular economy aims to keep products, equipment and infrastructure in use for longer, thus improving the productivity of these resources.
Plastic pollution is an environmental crisis due to its impact on greenhouse gas emissions, impact on human and wildlife health, and inequitable impacts on communities of color and low income communities.
Moving away from toxic substances toward safer and cleaner chemicals and products will drive innovation and job creation while also making workplaces and communities safer. By changing the laws that govern the rules of how chemicals in commerce are used, tested and reported on, we can establish a fertile landscape for green and renewable chemistry to create new and exciting alternatives to toxic chemicals.
Most products are brought to market in packaging that is excessive, unsustainable or both. Globally, nationally and locally, packaging waste causes enormous environmental damage, and good disposal solutions are not widely implemented.