The UN plastic pollution treaty offers a once in a planet opportunity to address this global issue. However, the impacts and the solutions vary among nations, meaning there is no one-size-fits-all approach to reducing production, consumption, waste and litter. If we are to avoid unintended negative consequences it is essential – as national delegations advance their considerations of the text for the Treaty here in Nairobi – that those deliberations are properly informed by independent scientific evidence.
Richard Thompson OBE FRS
Head of the International Marine Litter Research Unit
- the reduction of intentionally added microplastics;
- the enhancement of the design of plastic products;
- the use of alternatives to plastics as a viable and environmentally-sound solution;
- and the effectiveness of plastic pollution removal technology.
International Marine Litter Research Unit
Marine litter is a global environmental problem with items of debris now contaminating habitats from the poles to the equator, from the sea surface to the deep sea.