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18 May 2023

Roadmap to a Sustainable Future: Ending Plastic Pollution and Creating a Circular Economy

As plastic pollution poses a significant threat to our planet, a new UN Environment Programme’s report offers a pathway for a sustainable future.

Plastic pollution poses a significant threat to our planet. But a new report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) offers hope for a sustainable future. The report outlines a roadmap to reduce plastic pollution by 80 percent by 2040 through policy shifts and market adjustments.

This can be achieved via: reuse, recycle, reorient, and diversify methods. By promoting reuse options, enhancing recycling profitability, and replacing single-use plastics with alternatives, we can make substantial progress in reducing plastic pollution.

Transitioning to a circular economy not only benefits the environment but also brings economic advantages. UNEP experts estimate potential savings of $1.27 trillion, considering costs and recycling revenues, along with $3.25 trillion saved from avoiding health issues and environmental damage.

Implementing these changes could create 700,000 jobs by 2040, especially in low-income countries, improving livelihoods and reducing inequality. While investment costs are significant, they are lower than the projected costs of inaction.

Urgency is vital as delays could result in an additional 80 million metric tons of plastic pollution by 2040. Policymakers are urged to integrate regulatory measures and embrace a lifecycle approach to plastic management.

By adopting this roadmap, nations can achieve major economic, social, and environmental benefits. It is crucial for governments and businesses to take action and work together to build a sustainable future free from plastic pollution.

You can access the full report at the link below:

Turning off the Tap: How the world can end plastic pollution and create a circular economy | UNEP - UN Environment Programme


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