Let's be clear about something: People in Ukraine aren't thinking about what bags they're using right now or if they're drinking from reusable containers on the front lines.
But in a sense, the actions in Ukraine today will impact long-term thinking about sustainability and circular plastics.
"Here in Europe, we're dependent on Russia for 40 percent of our [natural gas] and 25 percent of our oil," Netherlands-based Sustainable Plastics Editor Karen Laird said during the March 1 Sustainable Plastics Live video discussion with Plastics News Editor Don Loepp. "The sustainable choice ... would be for us all not to be so dependent on a state that has invaded another state."
The move toward a circular economy worldwide is all about reducing dependence on fossil fuels. That will help the climate while also reducing the reliance on regions that are big suppliers of oil and gas.
"In the long run, this will speed up the transition to a more green economy, but the question is how are we going to get there," she said. "I don't think anybody knows right now what the way forward is, just that something has to change."
PN subscribers can watch the full discussion here.