Dear Reader, 

The week there were renewed calls for a global treaty to tackle the scourge of plastic pollution. A report revealed by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) called for a robust UN treaty on plastic, stating the crisis is a global emergency. 

Meanwhile, on Monday Coca-Cola and PepsiCo called for a global pact to combat plastic pollution which includes cuts in its production.

In other news, sporting giants Manchester City have teamed up with Heineken UK to remove plastic from football. The Club has removed all single-use plastics from the Etihad Stadium, resulting in over 1 million plastic cups and 500 thousand PET bottles being saved each season.

As always, we hope you enjoy reading.

John Higginson
Editor-in-Chief
Plastic Free Post

Plastic crisis needs binding treaty, report says

Pollution from plastics is a global emergency in need of a robust UN treaty, according to a report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). The EIA says there’s a cascade of evidence of harm from plastics. It argues that the plastic pollution threat is almost equivalent to climate change with the authors going on to urge nations to agree a UN treaty with binding targets for reducing both plastic production and waste. 

Read more here.

Big brands call for global pact to cut plastic production

International brands including Coca Cola and PepsiCo have called for a global pact to combat plastic pollution that includes cuts to production, a key growth area for the oil industry. World officials will meet at a United Nations Environment Assembly conference (UNEA 5.2) later this year to start negotiations on a treaty to tackle plastic waste which is choking landfills, despoiling oceans and killing wildlife. It remains unclear whether any deal will focus on waste management and recycling or take tougher steps such as curbing new plastic production, a move that would likely face resistance from big oil and chemical firms and major plastic-producing countries like the United States.

Read more here.

City Collaborates with Heineken to remove plastic fans from football 

Manchester City will collaborate with Heineken UK as part of a new campaign to remove ‘plastic fans’ from football. The Club has removed all single-use plastics from the Etihad Stadium, resulting in over 1 million plastic cups and 500 thousand PET bottles being saved each season. The #NoPlasticFansHere campaign seeks to remove fans of plastic from football and inspire football fans, venues and the general public to join the sustainability journey.

Read more here.

Ireland DRS to encourage recycling, must be adjusted

Ireland’s deposit return scheme (DRS) should have a variable deposit, two prominent Senators have said. This is where consumers pay a deposit that varies based on the size and material of the container. Fianna Fáil Senator Erin McGreehan and Sinn Féin’s Paul Gavan have urged Environment Minister Eamon Ryan to learn from best practice examples of existing schemes in Scandinavia. Ireland is set to introduce a DRS for aluminium cans and plastic bottles. In a move that has shocked environmentalists, glass bottles are set to be excluded from the scheme.  

Read more here.

Policy tool could help governments cut plastic pollution by 85 percent

A new policy tool developed by scientists could help governments to dramatically cut plastic waste, a study has found. The research, published in the journal Global Environmental Change, shows that a tool known as Plastic Drawdown is set to help the Maldives reduce plastic waste by 85 percent by 2030, prompting calls from experts for the tool to be adopted by other countries. Plastic Drawdown is a rapid assessment tool, originally conceived by the international social enterprise Common Seas, that is designed to help countries with limited data explore solutions to minimise plastic pollution. It aims to map and model a country’s plastic waste, identify solutions to cut waste and help to produce strategies with key stakeholders for effective action.

Read more here.

PLASTIC-FREE POST

    Sign up to our weekly round-up of plastic free stories

    Feel free to get in touch at hello@higginsonstrategy.com if you have any questions or plastic free stories to contribute.