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Scientists urge cut in use of chemicals in plastic production

U.N. meeting on combating plastic pollution being held in Uruguay

A woman sorts plastic bottles in West Bengal, India. Nine billion tonnes of non-recycled plastics were produced between 1950 and 2017.    © Getty Images

BENGALURU -- Scientists attending a global meeting on combating plastic pollution are calling for a reduction in the use of chemicals in their production.

Bethanie Carney Almroth, a professor of biological and environmental sciences at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, said that addressing plastics as materials rather than products will allow for increased innovation in product design to cut the amount and types of chemicals used.

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