The Heinrich Böel Foundation and Break Free From Plastic recently published The Plastic Atlas 2019, highlighting the extent of plastic pollution worldwide.
It takes stock of the presence of synthetic polymers in the world. The report covers several topics and plastic is approached from multiple angles: uses, impact on health, gender inequality in the face of plastic exposure, its presence on our plates, our clothes, on beaches, coasts and in waters.
The Atlas also deals with the industrial and economic challenges of plastics, as well as the development of bioplastics, which according to the Atlas may result in “overwhelming acidification and over fertilization of soils and water caused by the conventional cultivation of the crops used to make bio-based plastics,”. The report concludes that “expanding the cultivation of agricultural raw materials is not an option for producing environmentally friendly plastic.”
The Plastic Atlas aims at pushing governments, businesses, and consumers to advocate for a “zero waste” future where “products, packaging and materials are produced, consumed and recycled in a responsible manner.” Click here to download the report.
The French version is also available HERE.