PepsiCo Partners with TerraCycle Foundation to Prevent Ocean Plastics in Thailand

With financial support from The PepsiCo Foundation, The TerraCycle Global Foundation is actively working in Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) and has installed river plastic capture traps which are designed to increase the amount of debris and marine plastics that are collected from Thai waterways, thereby intercepting it before it reaches and pollutes the ocean.

HP Builds on Sustainability Commitment with First Consumer PCs Made with Ocean‐Bound Plastics

HP’s new Pavilion lineup features the company’s first consumer notebooks using post-consumer-recycled and ocean-bound plastics.

Predicted Growth in Plastic Waste Exceeds Efforts to Mitigate Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution inputs into rivers, lakes and the ocean could increase to as much as 53 million metric tons annually by 2030 even if current reduction commitments made by governments and the private sector are met, according to a new study published today by the international journal Science.

In Conversation: Finding Solutions to End Plastic Waste

How do we reduce substantial plastic leakage into the environment—one of the greatest challenges we face as a society? In Summer 2020, Meridian brought together Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute (an environmental NGO) and Stew Harris of the American Chemistry Council (a plastics industry trade organization) for a conversation on how to achieve this shared vision.

Trade Barriers are Slowing Plastic-Pollution Action. Here’s How to Fix This

Action on plastic pollution has been slowed considerably during the COVID-19 pandemic – but there’s a new emerging angle that could help rebuild momentum for the transition to a greener and more circular society. Governments at the World Trade Organization (WTO) are also showing increased interest in tackling plastics pollution.

Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift brings together some of the most prominent voices in the circular space on what it will take for the global community to make the transition to circularity. This publication takes a systems–level view of the challenge and focuses on solutions—upstream, downstream, and across sectors—with critical takeaways that you can use to advance your circular economy mission.

COVID-19 Has Worsened the Ocean Plastic Pollution Problem

COVID-19 triggered an estimated global use of 129 billion face masks and 65 billion gloves every month. If we stitched together all of the masks manufactured already, and projected to be produced, we’d be able to cover the entire landmass of Switzerland.

The Recycling Partnership 2020 Impact Report

Learn how over the last 6 years, this leading national nonprofit has:
° Leveraged more than $90 million in impact.
° Reached more than 77 million households.
° Helped more than 1,500 U.S. communities overcome recycling challenges.
° Invested over 53 million in recycling infrastructure.
° Delivered new recycling carts to more than 700,000 U.S. households.
° Reduced 251,000 metric tons of carbon emissions.
° Diverted more than 230 million pounds of recyclables from landfills into the recycling stream.
° Reduced contamination by 40% and increased the value of cleaner recyclables by $20 per ton in pilot communities.

Opinion: Addressing plastic pollution must be a part of the ‘green recovery’

How do we tackle plastic pollution in a pandemic? Can we?

About three months ago, the entire world seemed to come to a stop. Borders were closed, in-person meetings and workshops canceled, and projects suspended while resources were redeployed to address the crisis at hand.

But in this moment of unimaginable difficulty, many are already seeing hope in a green recovery: a “more protective … more inclusive” economic model that would “contribute to building more resilient societies.” In this new approach, governments have the opportunity — and the responsibility — to transform sustainability commitments into action, both in the short and the long term.

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