Plastics is an extremely flexible material, extends the durability of food, is used as an insulator in cables for transmission of electricity. But plastics also lead to problems such as littering and risks related to micro- and nanoplastics.

We need more durable plastic, but what is actually more sustainable? Is it bio-based, biodegradable or recycled plastic? Should we use less plastics than today’s 100 kg per person in Europe? And if we’re going to be fossil-free, is there enough biobased raw material?

During the event Omställning till hållbar plast – vad, hur och vem, the panel discussed different ways to more sustainable plastics and how different types of initiatives and instruments can stimulate the development in the right direction. The discussion also focused on identifying who is responsible and who can do what to switch to more sustainable plastics.

From the left: Åsa Stenmarck (IVL), Per Klevnäs (Material Economics), Linda Zellner (Perstorp AB), Tobias Nielsen (Lund University), Elin Hermansson (Borealis AB) and Lars J Nilsson (Lund University) moderator of the session