Plastics are ubiquitous in today’s society, being a highly versatile and efficient material with numerous applications. In recent years, plastic materials have been the subject of considerable societal and political attention, focused on reducing the negative environmental impacts associated with their use.
Here at Eunomia, we recognise that this represents a significant opportunity to improve the overall circularity of plastic material use, alongside a challenge to combat widespread misconceptions about the impacts of plastics through evidence-based analysis. We understand that the market for plastics is a complex one, encompassing a number of different polymeric materials, each with its own unique strengths and weaknesses.
Against this backdrop, Eunomia can provide in-depth, evidence-based expertise relating to the use and lifecycle of plastics in several critical sectors – packaging, construction, electronics, automotive and textiles being key among these. Within these sectors, we offer a wide range of services to producers, brands and retailers, to improve the circularity of plastics from design and production, through the use phase, and, significantly, at the end of life.
We are widely recognised for our tailored, evidence-based analysis and appraisal of policy options for governments and local authorities that are interested in improving the circularity of plastics through the design of innovative strategies, and targeted regulatory and financial mechanisms. We can also support industry and non-governmental organisations in navigating this changing policy landscape and understanding the impacts on business and wider society. To this end, we can also provide support in providing reliable market data, estimates and forecasts of plastic material flows, supply chain and market assessments and plastic waste mapping and analysis.
In addition, we offer a wide range of services related to the management of plastic waste, including research and advice on innovative waste infrastructure, operational design and strategy to improve the environmental performance of plastics at the end of life. We can also provide internationally recognised expertise in the mapping of plastic waste pollution and litter, including the identification of hotspots for leakage and the key points of intervention to prevent pollution in both marine and terrestrial environments. This includes expertise in microplastic pollution, its sources, pathways and final destinations, and the measures that will be needed to control losses to the environment.