Bold solutions needed to end marine plastic pollution

World Ocean Initiative, The Economist Group Plastics & Pollution

Bold solutions needed to end marine plastic pollution
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On June 10th the World Ocean Initiative hosted a webinar with three expert guests and an audience of over 600 people to discuss solutions to manage plastic waste from source to sea.

Introducing the event Melanie Noronha, senior editor at The Economist Group’s Thought Leadership division, highlighted the extent of marine plastic pollution. By 2050 there could be a larger tonnage of plastic in the ocean than fish. Only 14% of plastic is recycled resulting in an annual loss of material worth US$80-120bn. “This need to end plastic pollution is driving solutions to improve waste management, develop alternative materials and to increase reuse and recycling,” she said.

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