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Fact Sheet: Plastic pollution at each life stage

This fact sheet provides an overview over plastic pollution at each life stage – from resource extraction all the way to removal and remediation.

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Letter to Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee (INC) from Independent Scientists

Distinguished Chair and Members of the INC, We represent a group of independent scientists mobilized by the International Science Council, the Scientists’ Coalition for an Effective Plastics Treaty, delegates from the Global Council for Science and the Environment, lead authors of the report of the Minderoo Monaco Commission on Plastic and Human Health, Endocrine Society,[…]

Zero Draft Response

Response to the Zero Draft text of the international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment (UNEP/PP/INC.3/4) The Scientists’ Coalition present our reflections and contributions to the Zero Draft text. Download the full response (english) We highlight the following five key requirements: Time-bound, legally-binding primary plastic polymer reduction targets for each[…]

Fact Sheet: Plastics Alternatives and Substitutes

There are no internationally agreed definitions of plastics alternatives nor plastics substitutes. Sound definitions will support fully informed treaty negotiations, and this fact sheet introduces key distinctions and considerations. Download PDF

Fact Sheet: Plastics 101

This fact sheet is intended to support fully informed global plastics treaty negotiations by clarifying the terminology used to describe plastics as “polymers” or “materials” and not plastics as “products”. In other words, this fact sheet explains plastics as the material that is produced and later manufactured into, for example, drink bottles, or takeaway containers.[…]

Fact Sheet: Plastic Removal Technologies 101

Plastic Removal Technologies (PRTs) promise to improve environmental quality by removing plastics from the environment, but they can also threaten biodiversity. Almost no environmental impact assessments (EIAs) are done on PRTs. Unselective PRTs can alter habitats and catch plants and animals. Manual collection selectively removes plastic, but it is limited in efficiency and effectiveness. Municipalities[…]