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Diapers to Bricks: A $100 Billion Plastic Challenge

  • Chemical companies, start-ups explore new recycling methods
  • Asia is turning plastic into clothing, roads and aerogels
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Curing Our Plastic Problem

As Asia-Pacific president of Dow Chemical Co., one of the world’s biggest producers of plastics and chemicals, Jon Penrice has 100 billion reasons to recycle.

“About 8 million tons of plastics are going into the ocean annually,” he said in an interview. “If you look at plastic packaging, around 95% is not being recycled each year which is $100 billion worth of plastic, and that’s valuable for entrepreneurs.”