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Turning off the Tap: How the world can end plastic pollution and create a circular economy

  • Published on May 29, 2023

The report proposes a systems change to address the causes of plastic pollution, combining reducing problematic and unnecessary plastic use with a market transformation towards circularity in plastics. This can be achieved by accelerating three key shifts – reuse, recycle, and reorient and diversify – and actions to deal with the legacy of plastic pollution.

A systems change results in a range of economic benefits and reduce damage to human health, the environment and the climate. 

The proposed pathways forward in this publication will only be possible if we rethink the entire lifecycle of plastics, which means focusing on our fundamental means of production and consumption. The discussion must also take into account the social and economic disparities within and between countries to ensure that such shifts in the consumption and production of plastics is beneficial and equitable to all. 

The One Planet Network has already been gathering concrete solutions regarding plastic pollution, and can provide the types of tools, guidance and expertise necessary to foster real market transformation. An initial compendium of solutions has been gathered in Solutions from the One Planet Network to Curb Plastic Pollution.

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