The fourth round of Global Plastics Treaty negotiations (INC-4) is happening in Ottawa from 23-29 April 2024. LEARN MORE

Global Plastics Treaty

What is it and why you should join the call for an ambitious global treaty to end the age of plastic.

On March 2, 2022, the United Nations approved a landmark agreement to create the world’s first-ever global plastics pollution treaty, adopted upon the conclusion of the resumed fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.2).

What is the Plastics Treaty?

The Global Plastics Treaty represents a unique and crucial opportunity for a worldwide coordinated initiative to effectively resolve the ongoing plastic pollution crisis at all stages of the life span of plastics. Nevertheless, there exists a risk of its potential dilution and corruption. We must unite together to advocate for an ambitious treaty, ensuring its effectiveness in mitigating the plastic pollution crisis.

As countries continue the negotiations, the pressure from civil society will be instrumental in ensuring that the treaty:

  • Includes drastic plastic production cuts
  • Protect human health, human rights and the environment
  • Sets accountability measures for plastic producing industries and countries
  • Don’t promote false solutions such as plastic credits, bioplastics, chemical recycling and incineration, and instead promote reuse systems
The fourth INC meeting concluded in April of 2024. The fifth and supposed final meeting, where the treaty shall be finalized will take place on November
Read what happened in INC-4

We need a strong Global Plastics Treaty

Help us demand a treaty that will effectively cut plastic production

Plastic is a growing crisis with a devastating impact on the environment and human life. This treaty is an opportunity to get it right.

These priorities ensure that the #PlasticsTreaty meaningfully addresses all aspects of the #PlasticsCrisis.

Sign the petition to support an effective #PlasticsTreaty: bit.ly/PlasticsTreatyPetition

#BreakFreeFromPlastic #plasticstreaty

SIGN petitions

Whether you’re an individual, representing an organization, an expert scientist, or a young person, you can join the call for change! Sign the petitions below demanding for an ambitious legally-binding global #PlasticsTreaty.
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Learn and Educate

Knowledge is key in our fight to end plastic pollution. Check out some of the resources below.

CIEL INC-4 Participant Analysis

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EIA INC-3 briefing

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CIEL's Towards a Global Treaty to End Plastic Pollution

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BFFP Corporate briefing

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Defining plastic products, materials and polymers: a proposal

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How the Plastic Pollution Resolution relates to chemicals and health

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Convention on Plastic Pollution – Essential Elements – Production

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Convention on Plastic Pollution – Essential Elements – Finance

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Convention on Plastic Pollution – Essential Elements: Reuse

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INC-3 Participants analysis revealed

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INC-3 Press Release

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  • Report (and Executive Summary)

    Is net zero enough for the materials production sector?

    by Zero Waste Europe
    When considering the urgency of reducing GHG emissions there is a possibility that, despite the aims of the net zero pathways, the cumulative carbon emissions budget will be exceeded. This is due to the risks associated with deploying unproven technologies in some sectors – namely, plastics, aluminium, iron & steel, cement & concrete. This report by Zero Waste Europe and Eunomia allocated a risk factor associated with each intervention and quantified how this influences the likelihood of overshooting the remaining carbon budget. It also attempted to determine whether the overshoot can be reduced by accelerating the adoption model deployed for technological interventions
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  • Background paper

    Plastic Treaty – transparency requirement for chemicals constituents in plastic is a must

    by HEJSupport, SSNC, groundWorkSA
    Despite the importance of addressing chemical contamination caused by plastic, information about chemicals in plastic is not disclosed. Lack of transparency for the chemical composition of plastics undermines plastic management to reduce pollution. In this publication, HEJSupport, SSNC and groundWorkSA discuss the urgency of chemical information transparency in plastics and ways to address it within and outside the value chain and throughout the plastic lifecycle. We argue that disclosing chemical constituents in plastic contributes to plastic pollution reduction, resource efficiency via toxic-free circular economy and promotes the public right to know.
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  • Set of Principles

    Key Principles for a plastic treaty

    by IPEN
    IPEN believes that an understanding of the following three principles will be foundational for a Plastics Treaty that addresses the human health and climate threats from plastics throughout their lifecycle, and for promoting alternatives that truly meet the needs of a circular economy.
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#breakfreefromplastic allies and members are calling
for a global #PlasticsTreaty, see what they’re saying online:

“With trillions of floating pieces of plastic in the open ocean today, it can be hard to recall life before the age of plastic waste. My home island, Hawaii, has some of the world’s dirtiest beaches, with fish eating plastic particles just days after being born — no surprise given that nearly 2/3 of all plastic becomes waste after a single use.”

“I took a vow to go after single-use plastic, not only because it’s ugly but because it is killing us. Plastics are on track to emit almost 1/5 of global greenhouse gases. Tackling the plastic pollution crisis a key part of ensuring a liveable climate.”

“Turning off the tap on plastic pollution requires joint efforts by governments, cities, the finance sector, businesses, including 20 million waste pickers worldwide, Indigenous Peoples and civil society organisations.”

A planet free of plastic pollution is possible, but it requires a shift towards a circular economy and systematic change at all levels from governments, industries and everyone everywhere.

Join UNEP and Advocate for Life Below Water, Jason Momoa’s (prideofgypsies ) call for greater efforts to #BeatPlasticPollution & remind decision makers that it’s time to eliminate unnecessary plastic products & agree on a strong #PlasticsTreaty.

“With trillions of floating pieces of plastic in the open ocean today, it can be hard to recall life before the age of plastic waste. My home island, Hawaii, has some of the world’s dirtiest beaches, with fish eating plastic particles just days after being born — no surprise given that nearly 2/3 of all plastic becomes waste after a single use.”

“I took a vow to go after single-use plastic, not only because it’s ugly but because it is killing us. Plastics are on track to emit almost 1/5 of global greenhouse gases. Tackling the plastic pollution crisis a key part of ensuring a liveable climate.”

“Turning off the tap on plastic pollution requires joint efforts by governments, cities, the finance sector, businesses, including 20 million waste pickers worldwide, Indigenous Peoples and civil society organisations.”

A planet free of plastic pollution is possible, but it requires a shift towards a circular economy and systematic change at all levels from governments, industries and everyone everywhere.

Join UNEP and Advocate for Life Below Water, Jason Momoa’s (prideofgypsies ) call for greater efforts to #BeatPlasticPollution & remind decision makers that it’s time to eliminate unnecessary plastic products & agree on a strong #PlasticsTreaty.
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When the fossil fuel industry says they’re not to blame for the #plasticscrisis, we go like, ‘Oh, really?’. 

This is why we’re working towards a strong and ambitious Global #plasticstreaty 

#plasticpollution

When the fossil fuel industry says they’re not to blame for the #plasticscrisis, we go like, ‘Oh, really?’.

This is why we’re working towards a strong and ambitious Global #plasticstreaty

#plasticpollution
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Zakaj pravimo, da se ne moremo RECIKLIRATI iz krize s plastiko?

Ker se dejansko reciklira le 9 % plastičnih odpadkov, proizvodnja plastike pa se bo do leta 2050 predvidoma TRIČNO povečala, če ne bomo ukrepali.

Toda prav zdaj imamo enkratno priložnost, da se s krizo spopademo na globalni ravni - globalni sporazum #PlasticsTreaty, ki bo drastično zmanjšal proizvodnjo plastike.

Dotaknite se povezave v Greenpeace biografiji (greenpeace) in se pridružite gibanju ✊🏽✊🏿✊🏼✊🏾✊🏻.

#plasticfreejuly #plasticfree #plastics #singleuseplastics #plasticpollution #greenpeace #plasticscrisis #recycling #reducewaste #reducelastic #makepolluterspay #climatecrisis #biodiversitycrisis

Zakaj pravimo, da se ne moremo RECIKLIRATI iz krize s plastiko?

Ker se dejansko reciklira le 9 % plastičnih odpadkov, proizvodnja plastike pa se bo do leta 2050 predvidoma TRIČNO povečala, če ne bomo ukrepali.

Toda prav zdaj imamo enkratno priložnost, da se s krizo spopademo na globalni ravni - globalni sporazum #PlasticsTreaty, ki bo drastično zmanjšal proizvodnjo plastike.

Dotaknite se povezave v Greenpeace biografiji (greenpeace) in se pridružite gibanju ✊🏽✊🏿✊🏼✊🏾✊🏻.

#plasticfreejuly #plasticfree #plastics #singleuseplastics #plasticpollution #greenpeace #plasticscrisis #recycling #reducewaste #reducelastic #makepolluterspay #climatecrisis #biodiversitycrisis
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Feed your calves,lambs or  goats correctly without breaking the bank.

#reduce #reuse #recycle ♻️

We can reuse the plastic bottles in our homes instead of throwing them in the landfills.

#foryoupage #foryourpage #nairobicounty #RestoreOurEarth #landfill #PlasticPollutionAwareness #plasticsvsplanet 

#plasticstreaty #PlasticWaste

Feed your calves,lambs or goats correctly without breaking the bank.

#reduce #reuse #recycle ♻️

We can reuse the plastic bottles in our homes instead of throwing them in the landfills.

#foryoupage #foryourpage #nairobicounty #RestoreOurEarth #landfill #PlasticPollutionAwareness #plasticsvsplanet

#plasticstreaty #PlasticWaste
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The global crisis of plastic production and waste is growing exponentially, and today’s babies are born with their brains and bodies already burdened by plastics: micro- and nano-plastic particles have been found in the placenta and in newborns’ first stool, and they are further exposed through breastmilk and infant formula.

🖥️ On Tuesday, August 6 at 9:00 am (AKDT), CHE-Alaska will host a discussion featuring Dr. Linda Birnbaum, Dr. Carmen Marsit, and Maureen Swanson. This webinar will explore how plastics and the toxic chemicals in them harm children’s developing brains and the urgent need for stronger global regulations on plastic production and waste. 

➡️ Register now using the link in our bio!

#EnvironmentalHealth #Webinar #Plastics #Toxics #Health #EnvironmentalJustice #PlasticsTreaty #ChildrensHealth

The global crisis of plastic production and waste is growing exponentially, and today’s babies are born with their brains and bodies already burdened by plastics: micro- and nano-plastic particles have been found in the placenta and in newborns’ first stool, and they are further exposed through breastmilk and infant formula.

🖥️ On Tuesday, August 6 at 9:00 am (AKDT), CHE-Alaska will host a discussion featuring Dr. Linda Birnbaum, Dr. Carmen Marsit, and Maureen Swanson. This webinar will explore how plastics and the toxic chemicals in them harm children’s developing brains and the urgent need for stronger global regulations on plastic production and waste.

➡️ Register now using the link in our bio!

#EnvironmentalHealth #Webinar #Plastics #Toxics #Health #EnvironmentalJustice #PlasticsTreaty #ChildrensHealth
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Every stage of plastics life cycle is a health threat to humans. 
Communities are exposed to pollutants during oil extraction.
Workers inhale toxic gasses during manufacturing.
Consumers ingest and absorb plastics toxins!

A 75% reduction in production is Needed

#plasticstreaty

Every stage of plastics life cycle is a health threat to humans.
Communities are exposed to pollutants during oil extraction.
Workers inhale toxic gasses during manufacturing.
Consumers ingest and absorb plastics toxins!

A 75% reduction in production is Needed

#plasticstreaty
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It’s simple to make a huge difference in the reduction of single use plastic from supermarkets. Our patented systems can dispense the thickest of products anything from cooking oils to ketchup etc. The manufacturers of these products could generate more income also by reducing the trucking to supermarkets in the traditional plastic packaging. We continue our uphill battle! We have requested MiamiDade County assist us in getting a meeting with publix. #reuse #refillnotlandfill #plasticstreaty #plasticfree #landfill #healthylifestyle

It’s simple to make a huge difference in the reduction of single use plastic from supermarkets. Our patented systems can dispense the thickest of products anything from cooking oils to ketchup etc. The manufacturers of these products could generate more income also by reducing the trucking to supermarkets in the traditional plastic packaging. We continue our uphill battle! We have requested MiamiDade County assist us in getting a meeting with publix. #reuse #refillnotlandfill #plasticstreaty #plasticfree #landfill #healthylifestyle ...

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🥤🥤 ينتهي كل عام ما يصل إلى 12 مليون طن من النفايات البلاستيكية في المحيطات، و 9% فقط من إجمالي البلاستيك الذي تم إنتاجه منذ الخمسينيات يُعاد تدويره.
لكن في الحقيقة، إن معظم المخلّفات البلاستيكية التي يتم جمعها لا يُعاد فعلياً تدويرها على الإطلاق – في حين أن الجزء الضئيل الذي يُعاد تدويره يحتوي على مزيج سام من المواد الكيميائية التي تجعلها غير صالحة للاستخدامات الغذائية وغيرها من الاستخدامات الاستهلاكية.
أزمة التلوث البلاستيكي أصبحت مسألة خارجة عن السيطرة، ونحن بحاجة إلى العمل الآن! ✊🏿 ✊🏽✊🏼
⛔️🥤 طالب/ي قادة الدول في الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا بدعم معاهدة دولية قوية تكافح التلوّث البلاستيكي!👈🏻 act.gp/Plastic2-1-FB

#BreakFreeFromPlastic #PlasticsTreaty #البلاستيك #التلوث_البلاستيكي

🥤🥤 ينتهي كل عام ما يصل إلى 12 مليون طن من النفايات البلاستيكية في المحيطات، و 9% فقط من إجمالي البلاستيك الذي تم إنتاجه منذ الخمسينيات يُعاد تدويره.
لكن في الحقيقة، إن معظم المخلّفات البلاستيكية التي يتم جمعها لا يُعاد فعلياً تدويرها على الإطلاق – في حين أن الجزء الضئيل الذي يُعاد تدويره يحتوي على مزيج سام من المواد الكيميائية التي تجعلها غير صالحة للاستخدامات الغذائية وغيرها من الاستخدامات الاستهلاكية.
أزمة التلوث البلاستيكي أصبحت مسألة خارجة عن السيطرة، ونحن بحاجة إلى العمل الآن! ✊🏿 ✊🏽✊🏼
⛔️🥤 طالب/ي قادة الدول في الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا بدعم معاهدة دولية قوية تكافح التلوّث البلاستيكي!👈🏻 act.gp/Plastic2-1-FB

#BreakFreeFromPlastic #PlasticsTreaty #البلاستيك #التلوث_البلاستيكي
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