These positives include making plastics more recyclable through the pyrolysis process and making better, more superior products out of recycled plastics.Brandi knows there’s work to be done but highlighting successes along the way is a big first step.
Progress for Women in Plastics
The progress in the plastic industry has to do with more than just sustainability. Brandi notes that a lot of work is being done around diversity and inclusion as companies like Shell Polymers strive to bring diverse voices to the table.
“It’s new to talk about so, it has to be brought up. People have to talk about it first, and then it has to get put into practice. It’s a process,” Brandi says.
Brandi sees hope in the new generation coming into the field as many of them have grown up with diversity and inclusion aspects in their schools and careers. She believes that those new employees will advocate for change and continue to push the industry forward.
“You can see and feel the differences in the workplace today,” Brandi says.
It can be easy to keep your head down, Brandi notes, but she encourages the next generation of women to stand up and make their voices heard. With people pushing for inclusion, Brandi wants everyone to have a seat at the table so that more people get the opportunity to speak up.
“When that’s the atmosphere you’re in, a more inclusive environment, everyone gets more opportunities to speak up and be heard.”