They agreed to amend the Basel Convention to make the global trade in plastic waste more transparent and better regulated, while ensuring that its management is safer for human health and the environment. “In recent years, we have seen important steps taken by businesses and governments to combat plastic pollution. More than 500 organizations have signed the Global Commitment of New Plastics Economy, which adopts clear goals for a circular economy for plastic, where it never becomes waste or polluting. But voluntary initiatives alone are not enough to solve plastic pollution, and we believe that governments and policy makers must play a crucial role. A binding global agreement, based on the vision of a circular economy for plastics, can ensure a coherent international response to plastic pollution, which is consistent with the scale of the problem,” said Ellen MacArthur, founder and president of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Trust Foundation. Last week, an online petition entitled “Stop the Plastic Paradise!” garnered nearly one million signatures. We are aware of the large pieces of plastic that are gushing out on the surface of the sea, as we have seen here off the coast of Hawaii. But did you know that there are also billions of tiny particles less than 5 millimeters in diameter? These particles end up in the food chain. Marine plankton, which is an important source of food for fish and other marine species, was filmed while eating. GENEVA (Reuters) – Some 180 countries reached an agreement on Friday to drastically reduce the amount of plastic released into the world`s oceans, the United Nations said. He says that alliance members now want to find ways to reduce as much waste as possible. “Because if we keep going like this, we`re going to drown in the garbage,” he said. In some African countries, interim measures have already been taken to reduce single-use plastic handling with banned plastic bags, while the European Union is considering banning single-use plastic products.
But if current trends continue, scientists believe there will be 12 billion tons of plastic on the planet by 2050. The federal government wants to ensure that only sorted and easily recyclable plastic waste can be sold abroad. In a joint report, The Business Case for a Treaty on Plastic Pollution, WWF, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Boston Consulting Group conclude that despite a doubling of voluntary initiatives and national regulations over the past five years, plastic waste continues to seep into the environment at alarming speeds – with more than 11 million tonnes of plastic flowing into our oceans each year.