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Ways to deal with plastics sustainably Key messages of social science research

The input of plastics into the environment is growing worldwide. As existing regulations are not sufficient to curb the problem, the ever-increasing plastic production and use must be reduced overall. A systemic approach is needed that holds all actors responsible who produce, use, recycle, dispose and trade in plastic products and packaging. Policymakers must drive the necessary paradigm shift and facilitate a sufficiency debate across society.

The article describes possible solutions and is based on several years of social science research in the research focus Plastic in the Environment - Sources, Sinks, Solutions by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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