Plastic footprint: state of the art and ways forward

Ten million tonnes of plastic leak into our oceans yearly. There is an urgent need to tackle the root causes and prioritize actions for this unprecedented global crisis. Decision-makers need reliable data, metrics and tools to monitor progress.

`Plastic footprint: state of the art and ways forward´ provides a benchmark of existing footprint and life cycle impact assessment approaches for plastics.

These can be improved by:
• Gathering better country level data on plastic waste management;
• Designing better models to assess micro- and macro- plastic leakages;
• Developing a standard set of indicators which highlight costs of inaction and identify investment opportunities for a more circular economy.

RELEASE: JANUARY 2019

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