Untested Assumptions and Unanswered Questions in the Plastics Boom

The Long-Term Prospects for the Plastics Boom is the fourth in an ongoing series, Fueling Plastics, that examines the links between plastics and fossil fuels.

Lead Organization: Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Author: Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Published on: April 2018


DISCARDED: Communities on the Frontlines of the Global Plastic Crisis

This report continues GAIA’s research on the effects of China’s National Sword policy and the broader implications of plastic pollution as the world attempts to adjust to a new landscape of global plastic recycling. As the crisis deepens, this report focuses on three countries in Southeast Asia, and particularly the stories of people.

Lead Organization: Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)

Author: Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)

Published on: April 2019


Throwing Away the Future, How companies still have it wrong on plastic pollution “solutions”

In response to public motivation to resolve the global plastic pollution crisis, some of the world’s largest companies that produce massive amounts of wasteful, single-use plastic packaging have started to admit that they need to act. Some have made commitments that seem aspirational, but closer scrutiny shows that they are mostly continuing on the same track by investing in false solutions.

Lead Organization: Greenpeace

Author: Greenpeace

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Unwrapped: How Throwaway Plastic is Failing To Solve Europe’s Food Waste Problem

Europe has an opportunity to reposition our approach to the production, delivery and consumption of food and food packaging. While plastics have some role to play, real reform must be broader in scope. This report shows the need to better examine the limits of plastic packaging in reducing food waste overall, and identifies real innovation among those who eschew all forms of waste.

Lead Organization: Zero Waste Europe, ReThink Plastic, Friends of the Earth Europe, Institute for European Environmental Policy

Author: J.-P. Schweitzer, S. Gionfra, M. Pantzar, D. Mottershead, E. Watkins, F. Petsinaris, P. ten Brink, E. Ptak, C. Lacey, C. Janssens

Published on: 2018


Toward a Just, Toxic-Free World

A factsheet on Plastics, Waste-to-Energy Incineration, and Zero Waste

Lead Organization: Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)

Author: Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) Asia Pacific

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Plastic and Climate, The hidden cost of a plastic planet

This report examines each of the stages of the plastic lifecycle to identify the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions, sources of uncounted emissions, and uncertainties that likely lead to underestimation of plastic’s climate impacts.

Lead Organization: Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), Fractracker Alliance, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), 5 Gyres

Author: Lisa Anne Hamilton, Steven Feit, Carroll Muffett, Matt Kelso, Samantha Malone Rubright, Courtney Bernhardt, Eric Schaeffer, Doun Moon, Jeffrey Morris, Rachel Labbé-Bellas

Published on: May 2019