Plastic giants polluting through the back door

This report aims to highlight a massive source of pollution which is damaging biodiversity and threatening our lives : plastics pellets. Pellets, also called nurdles, are the raw material used for the manufacture of plastic products. Their lentil-sized dimensions make them easily spilled, wherever in the supply chain they are handled. They are the second most significant source of microplastic pollution.

Lead Organization: Surfrider Foundation Europe, Rethink Plastic

Author: Annette Gravier (Surfrider Foundation Europe) and Gaëlle Haut (Surfrider Foundation Europe)

Published on: November 2020


Choked, Strangled, Drowned: The Plastics Crisis Unfolding In Our Oceans

Many tragedies in the ocean go unobserved, and the ones caused by plastic are no different. The plastics crisis is deep, wide and pervasive, affecting ecosystems and animals in ways we are only beginning to understand. In this report, Oceana has compiled for the first time the available data on plastic ingestion and entanglements in marine mammals and sea turtles in U.S. waters. This begins to paint a picture of an unfolding disaster: the flood of plastics into our oceans and the devastating impact it is having on marine life.

Lead Organization: Oceana US

Author: Dr. Kimberly Warner, Elizabeth Linske, Patrick Mustain, Melissa Valliant and Christy Leavitt

Published on: November 2020


‘Food-to-go. Good to go? From throwaway to reuse, turning the tide on pointless packaging in the food-to-go sector’ .

The report is the first of its kind in the UK, taking an in-depth look at the single-use packaging problem in the food-to-go sector in the UK. It identifies lack of progress towards the legally enshrined Waste Hierarchy and helps the food-to-sector find their way through the plastic-filled maze towards prevention and reuse. Crucially, the report includes a succinct road map charting the steps that business and government need to take to significantly reduce the amount of single use packaging used by the sector. This report fights back against the unfounded fearmongering, spread by the plastics industry, that leads to unscientific bans on reusable products. Instead it highlights the opportunities for a sector shaken to its core to build back better.

Lead Organization: City to Sea

Author: Eunomia

Published on: November 2020



In this virtual exhibit, This is how we roll, we gathered photos of waste collection vehicles in Asia. Some are small and with wheels while some are manually navigated by the waste pickers or the waste workers and are made for almost inaccessible areas. But one thing is common: they all contribute to our Zero Waste goal. So enjoy the ride and remember, we may roll differently, but we're all rolling towards the same direction.

Lead Organization: GAIA Asia Pacific

Author: GAIA Asia Pacific

Published on: October 2020


Plastic’s toxic additives and the circular economy

This new publication, Plastic’s Toxic Additives and the Circular Economy, shines a light on the invisible hazards linked to plastics. It is our hope that decision-makers and manufacturers will transform their thinking and practices to take a precautionary approach to the entire lifecycle of plastics, from production to disposal.

Lead Organization: IPEN, Basel/Stockholm/Rotterdam Convention Secretariat, UNEP MAP (Secretariat of the Barcelona Convention), Regional Center for the Stockholm & Barcelona Convention

Author: IPEN, Basel/Stockholm/Rotterdam Convention Secretariat, UNEP MAP (Secretariat of the Barcelona Convention), Regional Center for the Stockholm & Barcelona Convention

Published on: September 2020


Talking Trash

This addendum focuses on the Indian policy scenario and the strategies corporations have used on a central and state level to delay and derail progressive legislation on plastics.

Lead Organization: Nusa Urbancic of the Changing Markets Foundation

Author: Dharmesh Shah

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