Corporations have created a plastic monster. Over 90% of the plastics ever produced have not been recycled, yet corporations have plans todramatically increasetheir production of plastic packaging. With plastic production set to quadruple by 2050, recycling can never be enough to solve this problem.
In October, Greenpeace International released theCrisis of Convenience report, based on a survey to 11 of the biggest fast-moving consumer goods companies globally. Despite some of these companies publicly signing a voluntary, non-bindingcommitmentto tackle the crisis, the report revealed that none of the companies surveyed currently have comprehensive plans to move away from single-use packaging; on the contrary, most of them have plans toincreasethe overall amount of plastic packaging they produce.
So now we are deployingthe Greenpeace ships; the Rainbow Warrior and the Beluga, to tell the global story of where plastic pollution really starts and ends. We are rallying supporters worldwide to help hold these companies accountable and to make sure they follow up on their words with bold action. Because we don’t need more talk—we need concrete, urgent action to stop plastic pollution at the source!
These companies have created a monster, and we are not willing to allow the plastic monster to grow any more. We need concrete plans for reduction, and we need them now. We need corporations toslay the plastic monster.
Graham Forbes is the Global Project Lead for the Plastic-Free-Future Campaign at Greenpeace USA
Source:Graham Forbes | Greenpeace