The global plastic pollution crisis is impacting oceans, communities, wildlife and people at an unprecedented rate, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). While many companies and organizations are committing to curb plastic pollution, some lack a roadmap to follow when implementing these commitments. WWF launched a new activation hub, “ReSource: Plastic,” to help solve this problem.
WWF estimates as few as 100 companies have the potential to help prevent roughly 10 million metric tons of the world’s plastic waste pollution through industry, private sector and government collaboration. Even more, this number could triple by inspiring a ripple effect across supply chains and industry sectors, according to WWF.
ReSource: Plastic seeks to tap into this massive potential by helping companies align their large-scale plastic commitments from aspiration to meaningful, measurable action. ReSource will collaborate with industries to ensure a systems-based approach to addressing plastic production, consumption, waste management and recycling as a single system.
“ReSource is designed to identify the concrete changes that will make the biggest impacts in reducing a company’s plastic pollution footprint,” said Nik Sekhran, chief conservation officer of WWF, in a statement. “To get closer to our goal of no plastic in nature will take nothing short of transforming the entire value chain. With ReSource, companies now have access to more advanced tools to maximize, measure and multiply their commitments to make this a reality.”
“Addressing the plastic problem in our oceans, rivers and land is everyone’s responsibility—including the companies that use much of the plastic in the world today. It’s a complex issue with no one-size-fits-all solution, and that’s why we’re so energized by the approach WWF is taking with the ReSource program,” said Virginie Helias, vice president and chief sustainability officer for Procter & Gamble, in a statement. “ReSource will bring a systems approach in partnership with many stakeholders—common metrics, best practices, accountability—that is much needed to accelerate progress on long-term solutions.”
A recent report by WWF, “No Plastic in Nature: A Practical Guide for Business Engagement,” examines the scope and causes of the plastic waste crisis and lays out a clear and pragmatic guide for businesses to lead the plastics revolution. The guide provided the vision and foundation for the design of ReSource, noted WWF. ReSource will track and publicly report progress on the amount of plastic waste prevented by participants on an annual basis.
“We are proud to join WWF as a principal member of ReSource,” said Francesca DeBiase, McDonald’s executive vice president and chief supply chain and sustainability officer, in a statement. “This partnership perfectly aligns with our ambition to use our Scale for Good and work with others to develop thoughtful, scalable solutions that will make a significant impact on the plastic pollution challenge.”
Leading organizations tackling the plastic waste crisis, Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) and Ocean Conservancy, have joined ReSource as thought partners. EMF has already united hundreds of organizations around a set of 2025 targets through the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. EMF will work closely with WWF to ensure ReSource is aligned with its vision of a circular economy for plastics and to provide organizations with the tools needed to achieve these targets.
For years, Ocean Conservancy has convened scientists and businesses around solutions to the ocean plastic crisis through its Trash Free Seas Alliance, of which WWF is a member. Ocean Conservancy will help ensure ReSource is informed by deep ocean expertise, particularly as ocean plastic pollution has become a driver for change toward a circular economy.