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The excessive production and consumption of plastic is suffocating our rivers and oceans, killing wildlife and contaminating our food, air and water. And it’s only getting worse.
In November 2023, governments will come together in Nairobi for the third round of negotiations for a global treaty to end plastic pollution. This treaty is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a global solution to this worsening global crisis. Unless governments agree on an ambitious and fair treaty with legally binding global rules, plastic pollution is likely to triple by 2040, accumulating in our food and water and exacerbating the risk of flooding. We can’t let this happen.
To solve this crisis, all countries must adopt a treaty that will ban avoidable high risk plastic items - those that cause the most harm or are most prone to leaking into the environment.
The ‘single’ use of the most harmful and avoidable plastic products is one too many. We need your voice to help us turn this single-use into zero-use.
VOTE YES FOR A PLASTIC POLLUTION-FREE FUTURE!
New WWF report
THE TRUE IMPACT OF PLASTIC POLLUTION
The impacts of the global plastic crisis are not being felt equally. The worst, most crushing effects are hitting the most vulnerable communities the hardest, particularly those in low and middle income countries.
Year after year, low and middle income countries are left to deal with more and more of the world’s plastic. But with the rapid growth in global plastic production and consumption, much of which is too difficult or dangerous to recycle, this is an impossible task. And the plastic we think is being recycled is in fact bleeding into our rivers and oceans and wreaking havoc on communities.
Despite consuming 3x less plastic than high income countries, the true cost of plastic is 8x higher for low- and middle-income countries.
The cost to low income countries specifically is 10x that of high income countries.
WHY WE NEED TO REGULATE PLASTIC
Plastic production and consumption is out of control. We are being force-fed more plastic than we need and in a way that makes it impossible to responsibly manage. To this point, plastic producers have operated with little accountability and regulation. The absence of global rules and responsibility have left people and the planet to pay the price. And we are now facing an accelerating threat that transcends borders and puts everyone in harm's way.
To end the plastic crisis, the UN plastic pollution treaty must introduce new global binding rules to regulate production and consumption. These rules must include measures to ban, phase-out, phase-down, circulate and manage high-risk plastic products.
As a priority, the treaty we need to ban the most harmful and avoidable plastic products. Over 90% of the plastic that pollutes our planet is made up of single-use plastics, such as plastic cutlery, and microplastics, such as those added to cosmetic products. Most of which is too difficult or dangerous to recycle. So, while plastic production continues to skyrocket, asking people to just recycle is simply not good enough. To make plastic pollution history, we need to ban the highest polluting,most harmful and avoidable plastic products and materials, and support all nations as they shift to safe, circular systems.