Why COVID-19 is a wake-up call for sustainability

The Belgian-born American chemist, Leo Baekeland, could never have imagined that his invention of plastics would be so ubiquitous in our world today. Neither could he have imagined that plastics would be mishandled so irresponsibly that millions of tons of plastic waste would be left untreated, accumulating every month on this beautiful planet.

Every year, around 350 million tons of plastic waste are globally generated, and shamefully, less than 16% of this waste is recycled. If we believe a 2018 McKinsey report, it will take just one decade for our plastic waste to rise to an alarming 460 million tons

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