New Upstream Innovation guide offers practical solutions to the plastic pollution crisis

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation have published Upstream Innovation: A guide to packaging solutions, a practical guide to eliminating plastic pollution through circular economy solutions. Packed with practical guidance and real-world examples, this handbook has been designed for anyone directly or indirectly influencing the packaging that is put around a product. By focusing more of their efforts on upstream innovation – at the design stage of a product rather than just downstream efforts such as recycling – businesses can prevent waste from ever being created in the first place. The guide…

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NGOs and businesses call for UN treaty on plastic pollution

In a joint report, The Business Case for a UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution, WWF, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Boston Consulting Group, set out the opportunity for a new global UN treaty on plastic pollution. To accelerate progress towards a circular economy for plastic, there is an urgent need to amplify current efforts through coordinated and ambitious approaches. such as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and Plastics Pact network. A common structure would set a clear direction and conditions, giving governments and businesses the impetus…

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First Standardized Guidelines to Measure Plastic Pollution Across Corporate Value Chains Published by the Plastic Leak Project

Leading sustainability consulting group Quantis and ecodesign center EA, together with 35 member organizations and stakeholders, are pleased to announce the release of the Plastic Leak Project (PLP) Guidelines, the first standardized methodology to map, measure and forecast plastic leakage across corporate value chains. Plastic leakage is the potential amount of macro- and microplastics that are not kept in a circular loop or properly managed at their end-of-life, and thus leak into the environment. The PLP guidelines allow companies to move from commitment to science-based plastic strategies and meaningful actions…

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The UK Plastics Pact inspires latest in the global network tackling plastic pollution

WRAP is delighted to have supported the development of the South African Plastics Pact; the latest in the global network working together to tackle the scourge of plastic pollution. Launched yesterday in Cape Town, the Pact is closely modelled on the world-first UK Plastics Pact, set up by WRAP in 2018. It is the latest member of The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Plastics Pact global network, aligned with the New Plastics Economy vision. It now joins the UK, France, the Netherlands and Chile, to exchange knowledge and collaborate to drive a…

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Asda steps up the fight against plastic pollution in the ocean

Asda has announced it will be stepping up the fight against plastic pollution as the retailer launches its ‘Fishing for Plastic’ initiative. In a bid to tackle the amount of plastic that finds its way into the sea, Asda is equipping all its supplier’s fleets with hardwearing and durable bags so that crews on over 500 vessels can now collect harmful plastic waste whilst bringing in the catch. Bottles, plastic carrier bags and marine waste are amongst some of the most commonly found plastics that pollute the waters, but now…

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