Like all businesses, Symphony Environmental, a manufacturer of oxo-biodegradable additives, is keen to promote its products – claims for which some in the plastics industry find contentious.
The firm has pointed with some fanfare to a report from a highly respected laboratory in Austria which concluded that the inclusion of oxo-biodegradable recyclate into plastic products intended for outdoor use was OK. No negative effects, the document said.
Symphony acknowledges it commissioned the report, apparently in response to enquiries from recyclers about its products. It also accepted it wouldn't be so keen to highlight the report's findings if there were found to be negative aspects to what it makes and sells. No surprises there.
The British Plastics Federation (BPF), which represents the spectrum of the UK plastics industry, responded in untypically hard-hitting fashion, arguing that recyclers still harboured concerns.
The BPF's line prompted Symphony to mount a stout defence of the report.
Despite the conclusions of the Transfercenter fur Kunststofftechnik, the technological and environmental merits of Symphony's additives will continue to be hotly debated. Some will take the latest findings on board, arguing that here is a way to solve some of the problems the industry and society face, yet others continue to question them.
Meanwhile, one wonders what people make of what appears to be an inter-industry spat at a time when the sector is trying hard to promote itself to an oft-sceptical public.
It feels like only yesterday that we were covering the plastics industry's contribution to the London Olympics. Fast forward to 2016 and plastics are making their impact felt again in Rio, from construction projects and medal ribbons to highlighting marine waste.
This year's games have not been without controversy, but here's hoping at least plastic comes out a winner.