Richard Hutten thinks plastic recycling is bullshit. On stage at an international architecture and design conference, Mr. Hutten, a Dutch designer, flatly relayed this opinion to Andrew Morlet, head of The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the eminent circular-design advocacy organization.

At the one day conference organized by Dezeen, the two discussed design for a circular economy. Mr. Hutten’s strong phrasing was a response to Mr. Morlet’s espousing of the virtues of plastic as a modern and versatile wonder material, and his assertion that chemical recycling processes will allow polymers to be kept in use in a circular economy.

“That is such…

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