Jan 04, 2023

Vermeer says reducing the use of plastic, not recycling, should be the goal

As the former leader of Coca-Cola’s Global Water Initiative, Dan Vermeer knows well the benefit of plastic for a company – for instance, it keeps food sanitary, is easily transported with less weight, and is very flexible. “It solved all kinds of problems for us, but then as it scales, it becomes its own wicked problem,” Vermeer says.  These days, as the executive director of the Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Vermeer studies the many risks that climate change presents... read more