Big Bang Fair
Many in the plastics industry bemoan the fact that too few young people take an interest in science, technology, engineering, maths and so on.
Schools, they argue, spend too much time bolstering their positions in the academic league tables instead of preparing their charges for the outside world and all it has to offer.
But those doubting the enthusiasm among youngsters for science and engineering should have popped into the Big Bang Fair at the NEC earlier this month.
Around 70,000 school children aged seven to 18 attended the four-day event, which was packed full of hands-on stuff and activities designed to inform, educate and entertain.
I was encouraged by what I saw, but as a recent EngineeringUK report argued, industry itself needs to be much more active in engaging with young people. It's not just down to schools.
Plastics and packaging industry bodies are opposed to charging deposits for single-use plastic bottles. Tackling littering behaviour is the answer, they claim.
While one can sympathise with the ‘changing behaviour' argument, historically such campaigns seem to have made little difference.
The government could do worse than consult the industry, stakeholders and other interested parties and uncover which solutions merit further effort.
After two years of planning, some of our Crain colleagues were keenly anticipating hosting the first Plastics Recycling Show Europe in Brussels last week.
However the terrorist attacks resulted in the event being cancelled on the opening day. Thankfully those involved in the show were unaffected by the bombings.
Sadly, others were not so fortunate, and we offer our condolences to their loved ones.