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Amazon’s Plastic Problem Revealed


Oceana analyzed e-commerce packaging data and found that Amazon generated 465 million pounds of plastic packaging waste in 2019. The report also found that Amazon’s estimated plastic packaging waste, in the form of air pillows alone, would circle the Earth more than 500 times. Oceana estimates that up to 22.44 million pounds of Amazon’s plastic packaging waste entered and polluted the world’s freshwater and marine ecosystems in 2019, the equivalent of dumping a delivery van payload of plastic into the oceans every 70 minutes.

Lead Organization: Oceana

Author: Oceana

Published on: December 2020

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PLASTICS, EDCs & HEALTH


A GUIDE FOR PUBLIC INTEREST ORGANIZATIONS AND POLICY-MAKERS ON ENDOCRINE DISRUPTING CHEMICALS & PLASTICS EDCs are chemicals that disturb the body’s hormone systems and can cause cancer, diabetes, reproductive disorders, and neurological impairments of developing fetuses and children. The report describes a wealth of evidence supporting direct cause-and-effect links between the toxic chemical additives in plastics and specific health impacts to the endocrine system.

Lead Organization: IPEN, Endocrine Society

Author: Dr. Jodi Flaws (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - US), Dr. Pauliina Damdimopoulou (Karolinska Institutet - Sweden), Dr. Heather B. Patisaul (North Carolina State University - US), Dr. Andrea Gore (University of Texas at Austin - US), Dr. Lori Raetzman (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - US), Dr. Laura N. Vandenberg (University of Massachusetts Amherst - US)

Published on: December 2020

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Understanding the Environmental Impacts of Chemical Recycling – Ten concerns with existing life cycle assessments


This joint paper presents key findings from a review of some of the most commonly cited chemical recycling and recovery LCAs, which reveal major flaws and weaknesses regarding scientific rigour, data quality, calculation methods, and interpretations of the results.

Lead Organization: Zero Waste Europe

Author: Shanar Tabrizi, Andrew Neil Rollinson, Marieke Hoffmann, Enzo Favoino

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Evaluation Report on Green Packaging Actions of Couriers


The green development of the express delivery industry is highly valued by China. In most recent years, in order to solve problems including the wastage of resources and environmental pollution caused by courier packaging, the State Post Bureau of People's Republic of Chinahas released a battery of policies to promote the green governance of express packaging

Lead Organization: Plastic Free China

Author: Lu Weizhen, Yang Qiping and Zheng Xue

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Chemical Recycling: State of Play


The focus of this report is to detail the technologies that have been developed, determine how mature they are and for which polymers they are aimed at. Their comparative environmental performance is also discussed against key benchmarks including waste to energy incineration (WTE), mechanical recycling and virgin polymer production. Finally, we also discuss some of the key issues that these technologies face including when to leverage these versus other options and how they may fit into European waste legislation.

Lead Organization: CHEM Trust

Author: Simon Hann, Toby Cannock of Eunomia

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Reusable VS single-use packaging – A review of environmental impact


Together with the University of Utrecht and Reloop we released a report highlighting that reusable packaging produces far fewer carbon emissions than their single-use counterparts. Together with the University of Utrecht and Reloop we released a report highlighting that reusable packaging produces far fewer carbon emissions than their single-use counterparts.

Lead Organization: Zero Waste Europe, Reloop

Author: Patricia Megale Coelho, Blanca Corona, Ernst Worrell

Published on: December 2020

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