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
Chlorine Building Materials Phase 1 ( A Global Inventory of Production Technologies, Markets, and Pollution)
This report, Phase 1 of HBN’s global inventory, covers the 86 largest chlor-alkali plants and 56 largest PVC plants in the Western Hemisphere, Africa, and Europe. It analyzes chlorine markets with an emphasis on the PVC supply chain, chlorine production technologies, and pollution associated with the production of chlorine and chlorine-based products.
Lead Organization: Healthy Building Network
Author: Jim Vallette
Published on: July 2018
Trash in America (Moving from Destructive Consumption to a Zero-Waste System)
A zero-waste economy is possible. By reducing consumption, increasing the reuse and repair of goods, and recycling and composting all remaining materials, the U.S. can create zero waste.
Lead Organization: U.S. PIRG, Frontier Group, Toxics Action Center
Author: Abi Bradford, Sylvia Broude, Alexander Truelove
Published on: February 2018