Imagine a customer at a neighborhood cafe ordering an iced coffee to go. The barista hands her the drink in a 100% recycled plastic cup. The customer sees the recycled content label and feels good about the purchase as well as the wider plastics supply chain. Five years ago, three companies shared a vision that such a scenario would one day be possible – and common. We came together to help advance technologies that could convert used plastics into new materials and products. These companies saw great promise in the inherent value of plastics that weren’t being traditionally recycled, beyond simply sending them to landfills. We were and are innovators in using pyrolysis – the thermal treatment of plastics in the absence of oxygen – to create a range of valuable products out of plastics that were not being recycled using traditional methods. Products such as naphtha, lubricants, jet fuel and even the raw material monomers to create new polymers/plastics in a never-ending circular loop. Companies engaged in this type of business model formed a group at the American Chemistry Council (ACC) for practical reasons: The technology provides a solution for post-consumer plastics. Today ...