PerspectiveSYNTHETIC CHEMISTRY

Rethinking chemistry for a circular economy

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Science  24 Jan 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6476, pp. 369-370
DOI: 10.1126/science.aba4979

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Summary

Earth is running out of resources needed for manufacturing materials such as chemicals, minerals, and petroleum. Thus, these components are available only at increasing economic and environmental costs. As an important contribution to a sustainable future, chemistry and its products must be adapted to a circular economy (CE)—a system aimed at eliminating waste, circulating and recycling products, and saving resources and the environment (1).

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