Some say that the plastic footprint on this planet is as big a concern as the carbon footprint.
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Much ado about plastic
By Doug Woodring- Published on May 30, 2013 by Cleanbiz Asia
'CleanBiz Asia' has conducted an interview with Ocean Recovery Alliance's very own Doug Woodring. The interview highlights that although there is a problem with population growth and waste, there is also a huge opportunity for the global community to take and benefit from. This is where the Plasticity Forum 2013 plays a huge part; this forum discusses the opportunities and forward thinking innovations that can solve the problem of plastic waste in a productive way. Hear the interview here!Continue Reading »
What is PDP?
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The Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP) is working to reduce the environmental impact of the world's rising use of plastics in products and packaging.
Plastics have many benefits including their durability, cheapness and light weight, but these benefits can cause problems for the environment when not managed properly after their original use. Many of the world's waste management and recycling infrastructures can't keep pace with our consumption and waaste creation. Most plastics do not easily biodegrade, and instead remain in the environment for decades, even centuries. Plastic's cheapness encourages its ever greater use in single-use packaging, and discourages recycling, because of the variation in material types and difficulty in reaching economies of scale with waste streams that come from so many different sources. But, this waste stream can become a resource stream if we focus on its capture and re-use in new ways.
Millions of tons of durable, light-weight plastic waste are ending up in our landfills, countrysides, rivers and oceans, where it remains for decades, with some breaking up into ever-smaller pieces, but not going away. Smaller plastic pieces are mistakenly eaten by birds and fish, potentially entering our food chain.
PDP is an multi-stakeholer, investor-supported global initiative to encourage the world's businesses and institutions to measure their annual plastic use or waste aggregation within their operations. Without measurement, it is hard to manage, but with focus, it is easier to develop innovative strategies to efficiently use plastic, while reducing the environmental impact.