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Plastics

Below, you’ll find research, resources and organizations confronting the problem of plastic waste.

New Plastics Economy

A global initiative to combat plastic pollution in the oceans at its source. The site contains several reports, including publications on what all ~300 global signatories have committed to and made progress on. Signatories include large corporations, academia, and governments world-wide.

Alliance to End Plastic Waste

A not-for-profit organization, partnering with the finance community, government and civil society, including environmental and economic development NGOs, working to make a world without plastic waste a reality.

Polyproblem: Plastics & The Environment

A publication by Röchling Foundation and Wider Sense that compiles the most important challenges, solutions and actors in a compact overview and provides orientation for all those who would like to get involved in the field of plastic and the environment.

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Report
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English
  • Level: All levels

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Database/Resource Center
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English
  • Level: All levels

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Report
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English & German
  • Level: All levels

Preventing Plastic Waste in Europe

A report reviewing waste prevention policies in Europe with a focus on how these policies approach the issue of plastics and plastic waste.

A European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy

This document describes the European Commission’s vision and strategy for circular plastics, and details the current plastic waste challenges.

PlasticsEurope Eco-Profiles

PlasticsEurope’s Eco-profiles comprise Life Cycle Inventory datasets (LCI) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for plastics.

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Report
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English
  • Level: Intermediate

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Report
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Polish, Italian
  • Level: All levels

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Tool/Method
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English
  • Level: Advanced

Plastik in der Umwelt: Quellen, Senken, Lösungsanzätze

A list of publications from the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research’s focus on plastics in the environment research, including discussion papers, facts, and figures.

What You Need to Know About Plant-Based Plastics

A National Geographic article with expert input on the pros and cons of bioplastics from an environmental perspective.

The Plastics in Our Bodies

An overview of the scientific research into the impact of plastics on human and animal health.

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Database/Resource Center
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English, German
  • Level: All levels

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Article
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English
  • Level: Beginner

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Article
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English
  • Level: Beginner

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