Articles by Claire Arkin
Zero Waste vs. Climate Change: Why Waste Reduction Offers a Key Opportunity for Climate Action Through Private Enterprise
With the climate crisis growing increasingly urgent, pressure is mounting to find easily implementable, affordable solutions that yield fast results. As global leaders gather at the COP27 climate conference, waste reduction and management are increasingly seen as one such solution. According to Claire Arkin at GAIA, one reason for the enthusiasm around the waste sector’s climate potential is that it offers massive scope for business innovation. She discusses the connection between waste and climate change, and highlights some of the business models that are converting this global challenge into an opportunity for impact.
The global waste problem is tremendous — the amount of plastic the world produces is set to quadruple in the next 30 years, and yet we’ve only been able to recycle 9% of existing plastic. But according to Claire Arkin of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, there are solutions. She explores the multiple benefits of a waste management approach that prioritizes waste reduction and material recovery, lays out three reasons why this zero-waste model is key to producing jobs and building healthy economies, and highlights some businesses that are working toward this goal.