The European Patent Office (“EPO”) recently released a study entitled Patents for tomorrow’s plastics: Global innovation trends in recycling, circular design and alternative sources. The study focuses on the future of plastics and how new technologies can aid in a more sustainable future. Key findings of the study include that chemical and biological recycling methods saw the most patenting activity from 2010 to 2019 out of all recycling methods and that in the field of bioplastics the healthcare and cosmetics & detergent industries led patenting activity from 2010 to 2019.
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