For those paying attention, you may have noticed that The Light Review has been giving time and space to the issue of The Circular Economy in general and the future of plastic in particular.
In case you missed it:
The thrust of the argument is that there is no realistic future without plastics but we have to shift our attitude from plastic being a use-and-throw-away material to plastic being a valuable reusable material that need never enter the waste stream.
The argument for that shift is getting more and more acute.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is fully behind the proposal to re-purpose plastics for a sustainable future, but they are waving a big warning flag in the wake of a recent report from The Pew Charitable trusts and SYSTEMIQ: Breaking the Plastic Wave: A Comprehensive Assessment of Pathways towards Stopping ocean Plastic Pollution.
Put simply – we’re just not working hard enough or quickly enough to prevent a plastics catastrophe.
This is what Ellen MacArthur has to say about it.
We need to develop an urgent strategy for a Circular Economy for Plastic and the lighting industry is ideally placed to play an important role in that strategy.