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The Plastic Lifecycle - Part of The Plastics Problem Webinar Series

Online event - Zoom
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Wednesday 21st October 2020 (12:30-13:30)
Various coloured plastic bottles in a globe-shaped basket.

This webinar will explore the global picture of how and why we use plastic and what we have done to date. It will seek to answer questions such as: What is the historical legacy of our plastic waste? What happens to plastic and associated additives after they become waste? How does plastic pollution impact the environment? How does the use, reuse and disposal of plastics vary around the world?

The event has been organised by the Birmingham Plastics Network at The University of Birmingham. This unique team brings together chemists, environmental scientists, philosophers, linguists, economists, artists, writers, lawyers, and experts in many other fields, to address the global plastics problem.

Event Chair
Andrew Dove, Professor in Chemistry and lead of Birmingham Plastics Network

Dr Natasha Cornea, Lecturer in Human Geography
Stefan Krause, Professor of Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry
Jonathan Seville, Professor of Formulation Engineering
Martin Settle (FIMMM), Manager Polymer Science Packaging Sustainability at Reckitt Benckiser

Other Webinars in this series:

Plastics - Barriers to Change

Plastics - Values and Future Needs

Culture and collections

Schools, institutes and departments

Services and facilities