The New Plastics Economy

Plastics have become the ubiquitous workhorse material of the modern economy, combining unrivaled functional properties with low cost.  Their use has increased twenty-fold in the past half-century and is expected to double again in the next twenty years.  However, as the rise of the global middle class drives explosive demand for plastics, a wide range of problems has emerged.  What are these problems?  What are the solutions?  What are the implications for consumers, manufacturers, policymakers, and investors?  We’ll show you.