Global collaboration will prevent ocean plastic pollution from tripling

Ocean plastic pollution is expected to triple by 2040, but collaborative action could contain the tide by more than 80%.

That’s the verdict of a new annual report from the Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP), which reveals that increased action and global collaboration can prevent the seemingly looming catastrophic levels of plastic pollution on Earth.

The report found positive elements in the actions of more developing countries over the past two years.

Vietnam has pledged to reduce marine plastics by 75% by 2030, Ghana has pledged to a 100% circular economy for plastics and Indonesia is now ready to prevent up to 16 million tonnes of plastic pollution of the oceans with its new roadmap.

The GPAP said $ 196 million (£ 142.3 million) had been committed to countries in the National Plastic Action Partnership by its members, which was set up to help more developing countries reduce levels of waste and pollution.

His research has found that around 50% of ocean waste can be avoided by reusing just 10% of plastic products and points out that if more is done globally to improve recycling, plastic pollution levels could slip away. .

He calls for more focus on private and public partnerships globally to reduce pollution numbers and says if the world works more together to tackle the problem, it may not all be pessimistic.

Kristin Hughes, Director of GPAP, said: “Plastic pollution was already a global emergency and with the pandemic-induced explosion of packaged products, as well as the increase in the use of single-use plastics through masks. , gloves and other PPE, it has become a global disaster.

“The good news is that our GPAP 2021 impact report proves that what we are doing is working and if we act together now we can stop the plastic pollution crisis in its tracks.”

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