To Tackle Plastic Pollution, Partnership Helps Companies See Their Role in the Problem
Better awareness of plastic use and output should empower businesses to reduce both.
Plastic pollution is one of the great environmental challenges of our time. It harms our natural world, our economies, and our communities, threatening terrestrial, freshwater and ocean ecosystems, and possibly human health. Plastic is nearly ubiquitous on Earth: It has been found in the deepest parts of the ocean, on the highest mountain peaks and even in human bloodstreams.
Still, the problem is surmountable. The Pew Charitable Trusts’ 2020 report “Breaking the Plastic Wave,” as well as a paper in Science, identified a path forward to solving this problem. It showed that with existing solutions, and with everyone from governments and industry to advocacy groups and consumers playing a role, the amount of plastic going into the environment could be reduced by 80% from 2020 levels by 2040, creating new jobs, saving governments billions of dollars and reducing plastics-related greenhouse gas emissions.