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Newton: Pushing back on plastic

We assess opportunities around reducing the environmental impact of plastic and packaging waste.

Key points

  • This month has been designated ‘Plastic Free July’ to turn the spotlight on the issue of plastic and packaging pollution.
  • It is estimated that around 80% of all marine debris is made up of plastic waste.
  • Some 32% of globally produced plastics escape collection, while only 14% of plastic packaging is recycled for future use.
  • There is growing evidence that consumers are willing to pay a premium for bioplastics.
  • Governments are increasingly implementing regulation to encourage more sustainable solutions for plastic production and disposal.

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