Virginia Janssens: sustainability insights

Virginia Janssens, Managing Director of PlasticsEurope recently featured in a circular economy article by Forbes.

Sustainability pervades many sectors of the economy. Virginia Janssens cautioned against substitution with alternative materials which is not based on life-cycle analysis. “Plastic brings many benefits but also presents obvious challenges which we are focusing on addressing. Data continually shows that plastics can provide the lowest carbon emissions of any material, particularly when recycled. Substitution could have unintended consequences whether it be the impact of resource extraction or tree felling, or increased carbon emissions from transporting goods. Our members’ focus at the moment remains in addressing challenges around plastics waste and marine litter – ensuring no plastic waste is lost to the environment and plastic plays a part in a low-carbon circular economy”, said Virginia Janssens.

Read the Forbes article here.