Plastics News readers have seen a lot of coverage in our pages about marine pollution, both in oceans and inland lakes.
When our sister publications Crain's Chicago Business and Crain's Detroit Business told PN that they were working on a special project looking at issues related to microplastics in the Great Lakes, we provided them with some background and contacts.
There are no big surprises in their report for readers familiar with discussions in the plastics industry. (You can read them all for yourself.) But what I think plastics executives can take away from their coverage is an idea of just what the general business community is thinking about plastics and sustainability. Discussions related to pollution and what corporations are doing in response to those issues have moved from a small group of environmental activists to people sitting in C suites at companies that have nothing directly to do with plastics.
A takeaway from one story in the report, written by Allison Nichols Smith: Everyone from consumer brands to manufacturers to municipalities must accept a "shared responsibility" in the effort to solve the environmental crisis.
"None of us are perfect," Jonah Smith, global head of environmental social governance for Kraft Heinz, said. "No company is perfect. But let's all do what we can and play a role."