The break free from plastic pollution act
175 Nations signed an environmental treaty to tackle plastic pollution at the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya on March 2nd, 2022
The treaty aims to look encompassingly at all stages of plastic’s life cycle, from production to consumption and disposal, with elements of the treaty that are legally binding, creating accountability that could fuel action.
“The best way to tackle plastic pollution is to prevent it in the first place. By covering the whole supply chain, a global agreement to tackle plastic pollution can support upstream solutions such as reducing or replacing plastic in products.”
- Steve Fletcher at the University of Portsmouth, UK
While world leaders hailed the resolution on plastic as ‘historic’ describing it as “the most significant environmental multilateral deal since the Paris accord,” there is much work to be done.
"The hard work has just begun. World leaders must now show even more resolve in developing and implementing a treaty, which addresses our current plastic pollution crisis, and enables an effective transition to a circular economy for plastic.”
- Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International