Plastic: from waste to resource





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Published on Jan 10, 2013

The Plastic Disclosure Project (www.plasticdisclosure.org) was launched at the Clinton Global Initiative by Ocean Recovery Alliance as a way to bring about large scale prevention of plastic waste. This is an investor and multi-stakeholder driven program to encourage companies and other institutions to measure their plastic footprint and develop plastic management strategies to create a world where plastic adds value to businesses without negatively impacting the environment. This can be done on a global basis, without needing to change legislation, create bans, or impose taxes. It can be rapidly successful if we all look at ourselves, and our operations, "in the mirror," and measure what we use, and how we reuse it. Once measurement starts, then better management practices and solutions will rapidly follow, as there will be knowledge to then understand what new options and solutions can be deployed.

The approach is simple: an annual disclosure request is sent on behalf of socially responsible investors and other community stakeholders to companies around the world that are users of plastic in their products or services, asking them to measure their plastic footprint. The goal is to inspire improved strategies for lessening plastic's impact on the environment, managing the material in more efficient ways, and treating it as a resource instead of a waste product. This includes less waste in the supply chain, more recycling within one's user-base, more recycled content, new design, and the use of new materials.

Please contact us at info@plasticdisclosure.org if you would like to participate, support or endorse this project for your company or community.


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