Just ten rivers transport more than 90% of river-based plastics to the ocean.
80% of ocean plastic comes from land-based sources
Over half of land-based plastic waste leakage comes from just 5 countries
Research has identified the most significant sources of unmanaged plastic waste, and key aspects of the solution
Replacing plastics in packaging and consumer products with alternative materials could raise environmental costs nearly fourfold
Sources: Science; University of Georgia; University of California; Sea Education Association
Plastics provide many critical sanitary, safety, health preservation and convenience benefits. Even as we work aggressively to reduce plastic waste in the environment, we must maintain the critical benefits that plastics bring to people and communities around the world. With a thoughtful, comprehensive and strategic approach, we can do both.
“Addressing plastic waste in the environment requires the participation and long term commitment of all aspects of society, including consumers, manufacturers, technology developers, the finance community, government and civil society. No one country, company or community can solve this on their own.”
Joining forces with governments at the national, regional and municipal level and organizations of civil society, we’re bringing new ideas and ways of thinking to the table.
over the next five years
We're starting with $1.5 billion over the next five years – and we welcome all companies, big or small, from all regions and sectors to support this effort.
Do your part. And join the fight to help end plastic waste.