Predicting Policy for Sustainable Materials

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Over the past few years, sustainability has become a priority for innovation teams in materials and chemicals as well as consumer-facing industries like apparel, food, and beauty. Policy is increasingly the core driver of sustainability efforts. We developed a qualitative framework to assess policies, based on impact and probability of adoption. Extended producer responsibility (EPR) schemes and taxes on unrecyclable plastic stand out in terms of total impact, while single-use plastic bans are most likely to proliferate.

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