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Forthcoming Analysis from Pew Charitable Trusts Will Offer Solutions to Ocean Plastic Problem

The Pew Charitable Trusts—in partnership with SYSTEMIQ, the University of Oxford, the University of Leeds, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Common Seas—will release a new analysis on ocean plastics in the coming months. 

The report will present “evidence-based pathways to reduce the flow of plastics in the ocean” in an effort to help inform government and industry actions to address the problem.

“Plastic pollution in the ocean is one of the greatest environmental challenges of our generation,” and the elimination of such “will require major shifts by many, from producers to waste managers, along with significant new investments and policy changes from government.” But, Pew asserts that by working together “societies can significantly reduce the amount of plastic flowing into the ocean.”

One element of the analysis will look at the most popular types of plastics (including rigid monomaterial plastics, flexible monomaterial plastics, and multilayer/multimaterial plastics) to understand why they are being produced and how they could be eliminated, substituted, or recycled.

“The volume of plastic both in and flowing into the ocean might seem overwhelming, but it’s a problem that can be solved.”

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