Moving away from Single-Use

Guide for national decision makers to implement the single use directive entered into force on 2 July 2019. It aims to tackle pollution from single-use plastics (and fishing gear), as the items most commonly found on European beaches.

Lead Organization: ReThink Plastic

Author: ReThink Plastic

Published on: October 2019


Just One Word: Refillables

Oceana analyzed the packaging market data for the nonalcoholic beverages industry, the market share of PET bottles, and plastic marine pollution data in 76 coastal countries around the world to estimate the total amount of PET plastic bottle marine pollution and the potential of increasing the market share of refillable bottles to reduce marine pollution from PET bottles.

Lead Organization: Oceana

Author: Anne Schroeer,Matt Littlejohn,Henning Wilts

Published on: January 2020


Branded, Vol II Identifying the World’s Top Corporate Plastic Polluters

By combining hard data, citizen science, and community organizing, brand audits have become a powerful tool for recording and tracking down the companies responsible for polluting the planet with plastic. Participants catalogued almost 8,000 brands for this year’s global audit. This report reveals the Top 10 Global Polluters of 2019.

Lead Organization: Break Free From Plastic Members

Author: Sybil Bullock

Published on: October 2019


No time to waste: Tackling the plastic pollution crisis before it’s too late

This report describes the environmental destruction, sickness, mortality, and damage to livelihoods that the plastic pollution crisis is causing. It outlines the problem – namely- the huge recent increase in the production and distribution of single-use plastics, and its expansion across the globe to countries lacking the capacity to collect, manage and recycle waste. And it spells out the solutions.

Lead Organization: Tearfund, Fauna & Flora International (FFI), WasteAid and The Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

Author: Mari Williams, Rich Gower, Joanne Green

Published on: May 2019


Plastic & Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet

This report provides a detailed overview of the health impacts associated with plastic at every stage of its supply chain and lifecycle, and it reveals the numerous exposure routes through which human health is impacted at each stage. It details the physical impacts of ingesting, inhaling, and touching plastic, as well as the toxic chemicals associated with those plastic particles, whether chemical additives, processing agents, or byproducts of plastic.

Lead Organization: Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Earthworks, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.), UPSTREAM

Author: David Azoulay, Priscilla Villa, Yvette Arellano, Miriam Gordon, Doun Moon, Kathryn Miller, Kristen Thompson

Published on: February 2019


Branded, Vol 1 In Search of the World’s Top Corporate Plastic Polluters

By adding “brand audits” to the cleanups, the teams catalogued thousands of parent companies marketing many thousands more consumer brands found as plastic pollution collected in the countries represented. Our analysis of that data reveals the Top Polluters worldwide from participating brand audits. This report reinforces the need for corporations to accept responsibility for the full life-cycle impacts of their products and the packaging in which their products are sold.

Lead Organization: Break Free From Plastic Members

Author: Jane Patton

Published on: October 2018