UN roadmap outlines solutions to reduce global plastic pollution.


"The way we produce, use, and dispose of plastic is polluting ecosystems, putting human health at risk, and destabilizing the climate," said Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme. "The UNEP argues that these risks can be substantially reduced by taking a circular approach to keep plastic out of ecosystems, our bodies, and the economy.
Market shifts are needed for a market transition to circularity.
To reduce global plastic pollution by 80% by 2040, the report recommends reducing the magnitude of the problem by first eliminating problematic and unnecessary plastic. The report then calls for three market shifts—reuse, recycling, and product redirection and diversification:
Reuse: Promoting reuse programs, including refill bottles, bulk dispensers, deposit return programs, packaging recycling programs, and more, can reduce plastic pollution by 30% by 2040. To realize its potential, governments must help build a stronger business case for reusability.
Recycling: Plastic pollution could be reduced by another 20% by 2040 if recycling becomes a more stable and profitable business. Removing fossil fuel subsidies, enforcing design guidelines to increase recyclability, and other measures would increase the share of economically recyclable plastic from 21% to 50%.
Repurpose and diversify: Carefully replacing plastic wrappers, pouches, and takeaway items with products made from alternative materials, such as paper or compostable materials, could reduce plastic pollution by an additional 17%.
Even with the steps above, 100 million metric tons of plastic from single-use and short-lived products will still need to be safely disposed of annually by 2040 –a significant legacy of existing plastic pollution. This can be addressed by developing and implementing design and safety standards for handling non-recyclable plastic waste and holding manufacturers accountable for microplastics shed from products.
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What SPCS Can Contribute
We have introduced PCR PET material to make various plastic packaging boxes to achieve this goal and obtained GRS certification. PCR PET is made from recycled PET plastic, aiming to reduce plastic waste and resource consumption.
Using PCR PET material to make food packaging boxes, we can achieve the goal of recycling food packaging while reducing waste and environmental pollution. In addition, our plastic packaging boxes have also been certified by GRS, which means they meet global recycling standards and can contribute to environmental protection.
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