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  1. Microplastics we cannot see

    ... the scientific literature in 2004 by British researcher Richard Thompson, outlining the global problem of plastic waste evaluation in his article. Since 2014, the number of scientific publications on the effects of microscopic polymer fragments in the environment has surged to reach hundreds of papers every year. Also, the problem of microplastic pollution has drawn the attention of media and environmental activists, as the discovery of microplastics exacerbated the overall problem of plastic pollution ...

  2. The EU’s recycling roadmap

    The EU has set a goal of recycling 10 mt of plastic per year by 2025. The lengthy declaration and its commitments for reaching the EU target, set by the European Strategy for Plastics, were presented and adopted at an event in Brussels, Belgium, today (20 September). The alliance, made up of public and private stakeholders in plastics value chains, is part of the Commission’s efforts to reduce littering of plastics, to increase the volume of plastic material that is recycled, and to stimulate market...

  3. Myths about plastic

    ... less fuel thanks to their little weight, thus reducing CO2 emissions by 60% compared to the same quantity of glass bottles. Light plastic containers result in less fuel used during transportation. Myth No. 2. Plastics manufacturing harms the environment Plastic products are made fr om raw NGL obtained by processing associated petroleum gas (APG), a by-product of oil production, which is otherwise burnt off in gas flares. APG flaring is responsible for 12% of Russia’s air emissions. Petrochemical ...

  4. The Fixies on plastics

    SIBUR helps release a new episode of popular animated series The Fixies. As a committed member of the Responsible Care initiative and a major polymer producer, SIBUR makes every effort to promote environmentally friendly products and the principles of circular economy. Proper disposal and recycling can make plastics one of the most eco-friendly materials today. To tell children about responsible use of plastic, SIBUR took part in the production ...

  5. Not a ban but a call for recycling

    SIBUR comments on Rospotrebnadzor's proposal to cut plastic bag production. In October, Rospotrebnadzor (Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare) proposed to restrict production of single-use plastic bags. The draft amendments to the Federal Law On Production and Consumption Wastes are in progress. The initiative will eventually force manufacturers to cut down production and encourage consumers to reuse plastic bags. In addition, Rospotrebnadzor suggests that biodegradable...

  6. Dmitry Konov’s interview to Snob magazine

    Dmitry Konov talks about the importance of responsible use of plastic and the type of professionals that Russia is currently lacking. What is your company doing to protect the environment? To what extent are these measures aligned with global standards? What is the outlook? Responsible consumption and production are something we view as SIBUR’s key priorities and the cornerstone of building a circular economy within our ...

  7. The basic premise of circular economy

    ... way in the circular economy. The EU follows its Europe 2020 strategy which aims at smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, supported by a roadmap for the efficient use of natural resources, and which assumes that the footprint on world resources and environmental protection are key to drive economic growth going forward. Europe also pursues the 7th European Environment Action Programme which is set to turn the European Union into a resource-efficient, green, and competitive low-carbon economy. The ...

  8. Bioplastics: a new alternative

    ... back to 1862, when a nitrocellulose-based material was first showcased at the 1862 International Exhibition in London. In the 1930s, Henry Ford made a bioplastic car fr om soybeans. The popularity of biodegradable materials surged with the onset of the environmental movement in the 1970s. Since then, people have believed that production of biodegradable plastics leaves a smaller “carbon footprint” while also reducing the use of non-renewable feedstock. It is certainly true: paper bags are on average ...

  9. Snow that does not melt

    The global rise of dry ski slopes. Climate change is taking a toll on the ski industry. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) predicts the ruin of many German and Austrian ski resorts by the mid-21 century due to global warming. The experts at the University of Zurich expect melting snow to cause major trouble for anywhere between 37 to 56% of Switzerland’s ...

  10. Recycling in style at Bosco Fresh Fest

    SIBUR becomes environmental partner of contemporary music festival Bosco Fresh Fest, an open-air contemporary music festival, has been held in Moscow since 2012. This summer it attracted over 12,000 guests. SIBUR chose to become the festival’s environmental partner ...

  11. Packaged in Russia

    ... their focus on customer support. In summer 2018, the company launched a regenerative thermal oxidiser for air pollution control. Why did you decide to invest in these technologies? What other pollution control efforts do you make? It was not only the environmental laws that triggered our decision to invest in special equipment for minimising our impact on the environment. For us, environmental protection is not just a buzzword. It is a prerequisite for the well-being of the world we live in. In addition,...

  12. Reactor promotes recycling

    How to make the circular economy beneficial for all stakeholders. The industry is entering a new era as regulators and NGOs come forward with environmental initiatives that reshape the making and using of plastic goods, circular production changes the structure of polymer demand, and businesses increasingly focus on the sustainable use of natural resources to bolster their reputations. In light ...

  13. Evolution of recycling

    ... okay with being a dumping ground for the world’s waste are now banning waste imports to tackle their own pollution problems. This, together with other factors, pushes recycling to the top of the agenda. Some of the developing countries boast high environmental awareness and truly effective recycling schemes. Recycling in the workplace In the heart of Taipei City, the capital of Taiwan, sits the company called Miniwiz seemingly engaged in the development of digital products. However, the impression ...

  14. Interplastica 2019

    ... Division presented their new product – dioctyl terephthalate (DOTP), a phthalate-free polyvinyl chloride plasticiser. Unlike phthalate plasticisers, DOTP has no adverse impact on human health, with DOTP-based end products meeting the most stringent environmental requirements. A standalone plasticiser plant will be commissioned this spring in Perm at SIBUR-Khimprom’s facility. Open dialogue on Circular Economy Interplastica’s business programme aroused great interest among its visitors. One of ...

  15. United against plastic waste

    ... land-based waste to the ocean. According to Dr Brudermüller, membership in the AEPW will stimulate the companies to take a more responsible approach to plastic management. “One important measure to end uncontrolled entry of plastics into the environment is to build up closed circles wh ere plastic can be used as new raw material. The chemical industry plays an important role in innovating and implementing large-scale processes to convert plastic waste into new products,” said Mr Brudermüller....

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