Contributions of Chemistry to Circularity Today

The chemical manufacturing industry plays an integral role in reimagining the products, technologies, resources and systems that will power a circular, sustainable economy.

  • Chemistry is enabling the capture and use of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide to serve as raw materials for innovative new technologies used in a variety of high performance products like coatings, adhesives and foams.

  • In the agricultural industry, fertilizers help replace nutrients lost over years of cultivation to regenerate soil resources for longer, more productive land use and higher crop yields.

  • Chemical-based water filtration and treatment technologies enable water conservation and reuse, and help transform wastewater into clean drinking water.

  • In the electronics sector, chemistry is enabling the design of more durable products and the reuse and recycling of component parts.

  • In the automotive sector, chemistry has enabled significant fuel efficiency gains through the development of lightweight, yet strong and safe materials. And thanks to chemistry, a wide range of vehicle parts can now be made from recycled plastics or can be recycled themselves.

  • In the building and construction sector, the products of chemistry contribute to improved product durability, allowing materials and structures to achieve longer lifespans and reduce need for replacement, all while enhancing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

  • In the paper industry, chemicals allow for the recycling and more efficient use of wood pulp and production of paper products.

  • Plastics food packaging helps keep foods fresh and sanitary and prevents food waste. The environmental cost of plastics packaging is also nearly four times less than alternative packaging materials.
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