Using precision polymer chemistry for plastics traceability and governance
Resolving the anonymity of plastic materials is critical for safeguarding the well-being of our natural environments and human health. Herein, we explore how contemporary polymer chemistry – in the form of sequence-defined polymers and their enormous information depth potential, fused with progress in law and governance research – has the potential to significantly impact design standards, consumer behaviour, recycling systems and extended-producer responsibility schemes for plastic waste. We submit that chemistry and law need to work together in a true transdisciplinary effort to effectively combat the critical issue of plastic pollution.
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