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Contents (this page):

    · General information & resources

      · International cooperation

        · Institutions:

                    ~ International organizations  

                    ~ Industry & private sector

                    ~ Research sector

                    ~ Networks, initiatives & social movements

                    ~ NGOs

            · Select readings on plastic pollution

Also see:

      · Marine pollution

General information & resources

Global Plastics Outlook @ OECD

Green Education Foundation (GEF): Tips to using less plastic

Planet or Plastic? @ NGS

     · General information about plastic pollution

Plastic pollution data @ Our World in Data


Plastic EDU

Plastics @ franknews  

     · "space for discussion about plastic pollution between experts and readers"

Plastic Pollution Resource Library @ National Geographic

Plastics Today Sustainability

The Story of Plastic documentary film

International cooperation

International Cooperation on Plastic Pollution @ GEN

Institutions ~ Industry & private sector

American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance (ARPGA)

     Bag the Ban campaign

Circulate Capital

Institutions ~ Research

Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR)

    · "...a feminist, anti-colonial, marine science laboratory. This means our methods foreground

     values of equity, humility, and justice. We specialize in community-based and citizen science

     monitoring of plastic pollution, particularly of plastics in food webs.

Institutions ~ Networks, initiatives & social movements

Break Free from Plastic Movement

   · “...a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. Since its launch in 2016, more

     than 11,000 organizations and individual supporters from across the world have joined the movement

     to demand massive reductions in single-use plastics and to push for lasting solutions to the plastic

     pollution crisis. BFFP member organizations and individuals share the common values of

     environmental protection and social justice, and work together through a holistic approach in order

     to bring about systemic change under the #breakfreefromplastic core pillars. This means tackling

     plastic pollution across the whole plastics value chain - from extraction to disposal – focusing on

     prevention rather than cure and providing effective solutions.”

New Plastics Economy

     · "...a global initiative with the ambition to build unstoppable momentum towards a circular economy

     for plastics. Led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the New Plastics Economy applies the

     principles of the circular economy and brings together key stakeholders to rethink and redesign the

     future of plastics. By uniting businesses, governments and other actors behind one common vision

      it aims to build a plastics system that works."

     · Plastics Pact

Institutions ~ NGOs


      · "A million acts of blue for a plastic free future"    

           · campaign that calls on people to push retailers, corporations and businesses to reduce

          single-use plastic. Main actions include signing petitions to tell companies to end plastic

          pollution and challenge companies on social media.

Plastic Pollution Coalition

     · PPC is a platform that encourages individuals and organizations to take action and live plastic-free.

Plastic Pollution Emissions Working Group

     · "A leading team of scientists, policy wonks, and conservation practitioners...united to stem the

      global tide of plastic pollution."

Plastic Tides


Select readings on plastic pollution

     · In reverse chronological order

Draft National Strategy to Prevent Plastic Pollution

     · 2023  ~  EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery

     · EPA draft strategy to prevent plastic pollution, published in 2023 with the aim of seeking public

        feedback to improve the draft

     · Draft includes 3 objectives: reducing the amount of plastic produced, further steps towards circular

       economies, trash pollution mitigation and clean-ups

Sachet economy: Big problems in small packets

     · 2020  ~  Catherine Liamzon, et al.  ~  Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)

     · Delves into the issue of sachets in the Philippines, why they are so problematic, and how to solve this issue

     · Sachets – unrecyclable, small plastic packaging – are becoming a large plastic pollution problem

       in many developing countries, especially in Southeast Asia

     · About 164 million Sachets are used in the Philippines every day

Plastic Pollution

     · 2018 ~ Hannah Ritchie & Max Roser ~ Oxford Martin School

     · An informational article on plastic pollution and how it consists of “various elements of plastic

        production, distribution, and waste management chain.”

Plastic and Human Health: A Micro Issue?

     · 2017 ~ Stephanie L. Write & Frank J. Kelly ~ Environmental Science and Technology

     · Plastics can enter the human system in many ways, more often that thought of, “given the prevalence

        of microplastics in the marine environment.”

     · Provides evidence to prove that there are some “pathways through which microplastics could

        cause harm.”

Rebecca Spinner (2023), Elizabeth Korn (2021) & Candice Ji (2019) of Brandeis University contributed to this page.

Plastic pollution

Global Plastics Outlook