Addressing Marine Plastics: A Systemic Approach

Our goal is to develop a strategic roadmap to help guide the transition to circular plastic economies at local, national and global scales, and stem the flow of plastic waste to the ocean.


The impacts of marine plastic pollution cost the world at least US$ 8 billion per year

Curbing plastic flows to the sea depends on reshaping the plastic economy

Key elements include:

  • material redesign that makes plastics recyclable from inception;
  • circular product and packaging design;
  • effective and clean technologies and infrastructure to collect, recycle and reduce the current amount of plastics waste;
  • and networks of stakeholders – governments, policy makers, investors, producers, recyclers and consumers – to build new models of sustainable consumption and production based on circular reduce-reuse-recycle-based economies.

The two-year project, led by UN Environment and supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), consists of four components: