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

IUCN issue briefs on marine plastic

IUCN issues brief on marine plastics provides an accessible overview provides an accessible overview and key information on the complex issue of plastic pollution. DOWNLOAD PDF

PREVIOUS PUBLICATION: National marine plastic litter policies in EU Member States: an overview

To better understand the extent of plastic pollution, IUCN has produced several analytical pieces of work. Although marine plastics are a global problem, they demand regional and local solutions that are tailored to the different sources and pathways of plastic to the ocean. The aim of this report is to provide an overview of national legal instruments in all European Union Member States related to protection of the marine environment from plastic pollution. The report is based on information collected from EU Member States on existing policies directly tackling marine litter at national level. DOWNLOAD PDF

PREVIOUS PUBLICATION: Primary Microplastics in the Oceans: A Global Evaluation of Sources

"Primary Microplastics in the Oceans: A Global Evaluation of Sources" provides a global estimate and mapping of the sources and quantities of primary microplastics – plastics that enter the oceans in the form of small particles directly released from household and industrial products. This report concluded that invisible particles washed off synthetic clothing and car tyres are the two main contributors of microplastics from primary sources into our oceans. DOWNLOAD PDF

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