Companies Asked to Assess Their "Plastic Footprint"
As reported by Yale Environments 360, this fall an international initiative will encourage hundreds of organizations to assess their use and recycling of plastics in an efforts to call more attention to the vast amounts of plastic waste entering the environment.
Companies and organizations already familiar with their "carbon footprint" are taking steps to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, but there is less awareness of just how many non-biodegradable plastics in the global supply chain end up in the planet's ecosystems. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), only about 10 percent of the roughly 300 million tons of plastic produced each year is recycled, and about 7 million tons end up in the world's oceans.The new plastics project will send annual surveys to participating organizations to assess their use of plastics and their recycling programs. "What we're trying to do is to have companies manage and use plastic much more wisely, and to receive recognition for doing so from both customers and investors," said Doug Woodring, a Hong Kong-based entrepreneur and one of the project's leaders.
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