PLASTIX facilitates industrial transition towards a resource-efficient economy, circular economy growth and eco-innovations in participating regions, and in other European regions. The project tackles the growing problem of plastic waste, its recyclability and its replaceability as a part of the transition towards a more circular economy. All European regions are facing similar plastics challenges: consumption of huge amount of plastics, their recyclability, reusability and replaceability with bio-based raw materials, as well as microplastics are issues that need to be solved. Furthermore, waste plastic also causes climate change.
European regions play an important role in responding to the plastics challenges by tailoring their policies and innovation and sustainability investments towards a more sustainable and circular plastic economy and related regional innovation and natural ecosystems. Most European regions are focusing on circular economy in their development policies, and the urgency and high importance, as well as complexity of the circularity and plastics challenge, underline the need and opportunities for interregional exchange. The project is based on and closely contributes to the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy (2018) and the new EU circular economy action plan (2020). In line with these EU policies, the project focuses on and engages with the whole circular value chain for plastic in the partner regions - from R&D actors and manufacturers to users and recyclers.
By identifying good practices and novel solutions through interregional exchange and co-creation, the project aims at helping regional policy makers to improve and create policy mechanisms which facilitate industrial transition towards a resource-efficient economy. As the main result of the project, the addressed regional policy instruments are improved to better - and faster - facilitate the shift towards a society where plastic use is sustainable.