Ellen MacArthur Foundation to form coalition of leaders to create circular economy for plastics
In June 2018, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation announced its intention to form a coalition of leading businesses and governments around the world, uniting efforts to tackle the global plastics pollution crisis. Working towards ambitious commitments, underpinned by common definitions and a united vision for action, it will build on the momentum created by the Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative.
19 Sep 2018

Circulate Capital Launched
Co-Founder of Closed Loop Partners launches Circulate Capital, a new impact-focused investment management company, in partnership with Ocean Conservancy with a goal to prevent marine plastic pollution in South and Southeast Asia.
19 Jul 2018

Circularity - Keeping Plastic Out of the Ocean
A Source to Sea Approach examines marine litter along the water continuum from the watershed on land, and through aquatic systems that drain to the ocean, as well as from a land leakage perspective. Plastics dominate marine litter at 80% and is estimated to cost the world at least US$8 billion dollars per year in economic impacts. Knowing what generates and drives plastic flows from land reveals how best to minimize and prevent such fluxes and thus alleviate choking of ecosystems by plastic.
29 Jun 2018

The UN Environment Programme consultation workshop, 15-16 February 2018, Paris
The UN Environment Programme convened a first expert consultation workshop on 15-16 February 2018 in its Paris office, for the GEF Marine Plastics Project.
26 Jun 2018

GEF Marine Plastics Project presents work plan to the Steering Committee of the UN Environment GPA Global Partnership on Marine Litter, 11 March 2018, San Diego, California
With a mandate from 108 countries at its establishment in 1995, the GPA is short for the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) and Marine Litter. It is the only global intergovernmental mechanism to address the connectivity among terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems. The GPA Secretariat coordinates three global multi-stakeholder partnerships: the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM), the Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML), and the Global Wastewater Initiative (GWI).
26 Jun 2018

First Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting, Paris, 13-14 February 2018
With UN Environment leading the project implementation and funding provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the inaugural meeting of the project “Addressing Marine Plastics: A Systemic Approach” was convened in February 2018 at the UN Environment Office in Paris.
19 Jun 2018

Global Environment Facility (GEF) Approves Its First Marine Plastics Project
The GEF CEO signed a $2 M project, Addressing Marine Plastics - A Systemic Approach, in June 2017.
17 Jun 2018