The widespread adoption of plastics in packaging applications has led to many tangible benefits in terms of the reduction in food waste and provision of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals. Managing plastic packaging at the end of its useful life has become a global challenge across the entire value chain leading to innovation in materials, technology, and business models. Dow strategic approach to solving the challenges focuses on programs to eliminate the stop the flow of plastics to the environment, closing the loop to advance recyclable packaging, and implementation of technologies to manufacture products using fewer resources and that help customers reduce their carbon footprints. Circular economy solutions must consider the availability of regional infrastructure and policy in addition to the benefits that the solutions provide over the alternatives. This seminar will focus on materials enabling conversion of non-recyclable flexible packaging to recyclable materials and the need for future advancements in the areas of upcycling and bio-based routes.
Event Sponsors: 3M Company, College of Engineering, and College of Natural Sciences
Event Organizers: Professors Laura Bradley (PSE) and Sarah Perry (ChE)