Resources

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We’ve compiled useful resources that have informed and contributed to our research, as well as those that are considered useful to anyone looking to understand the plastics policy landscape.

This page is updated regularly when new reports, guidance and other useful resources are published, so be sure to revert back to this page to stay up to date!

Policy Options to Eliminate Additional Marine Plastic Litter by 2050 Under the G20 Osaka Blue Vision

IRP. 2021. Policy options to eliminate additional marine plastic litter by 2050 under the G20 Osaka Blue Ocean Vision. Fletcher, S., Roberts, K.P., Shiran, Y., Virdin, J., Brown, C., Buzzi, E., Alcolea, I.C., Henderson, L., Laubinger, F., Milà i Canals, L., Salam, S., Schmuck, S.A., Veiga, J.M., Winton, S., Youngblood, K.M. Report of the International Resource Panel. United Nations Environment Programme. Nairobi, Kenya.

Duke University Nicholas Institute Plastics Policy Inventory

The Plastics Pollution Policy Inventory is an updateable and searchable database consisting of public policy documents targeting plastic pollution in several languages.

Breaking the Plastic Wave

Pew Charitable Trusts and SYSTEMIQ. 2020. Breaking the Plastic Wave. A Comprehensive Assessment of Pathways Towards Stopping Ocean Plastic Pollution.

20 Years of Government Responses to the Global Plastic Pollution Problem

Karasik, R., T. Vegh, Z. Diana, J. Bering, J. Caldas, A. Pickle, D. Rittschof, and J. Virdin. 2020. 20 Years of Government Responses to the Global Plastic Pollution Problem: The Plastics Policy Inventory. NI X 20-05. Durham, NC: Duke University

Governing Coastal Resources

International Resource Panel (2021). Governing Coastal Resources: Implications for a Sustainable Blue Economy. Fletcher, S., Lu, Y., Alvarez, P., McOwen, C., Baninla, Y., Fet, A.M., He, G., Hellevik, C., Klimmek, H., Martin, J., Mendoza Alfaro, R., Philis, G., Rabalais, N., Rodriguez Estrada, U., Wastell, J., Winton, S., Yuan, J. A. Report of the International Resource Panel. United Nations Environment Programme. Nairobi, Kenya.

Increased personal protective equipment litter as a result of COVID-19 measures

Roberts, K.P., Phang, S.C., Williams, J.B., Hutchinson, D.J., Kolstoe, S.E., de Bie, J., Williams, I.D. and Stringfellow, A.M., 2022. Increased personal protective equipment litter as a result of COVID-19 measures. Nature Sustainability, 5(3), pp.272-279.

Plastic Pollution Coalition Legislative Map and Datasets

The Legislative Map and Datasets are a good source of finding further plastic policies and searches can be filtered.

Plastic Waste Makers Index

The Minderoo Plastic Waste Makers Index tracks global plastics back to producers, investors and identifies sources of single use plastics, as well as top polluters and investors into plastic production.

Governing plastic pollution in the oceans: Institutional challenges and areas for action

Ferraro, G. and Failler, P., 2020. Governing plastic pollution in the oceans: Institutional challenges and areas for action. Environmental Science & Policy, 112, pp.453-460.

Plastic & Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet (February 2019)

Azoulay, D., Villa, P., Arellano, Y., Gordon, M. F., Moon, D., Miller, K. A., & Thompson, K. (2019). Plastic & health: the hidden costs of a plastic planet. Geneva: CIEL.

Branded: Brand audit report. Holding Corporations Accountable for the Plastic & Climate Crisis (2021)

Break Free From Plastic.(2021) Global Brand Audit. Vol IV. Identifying the world’s top corporate plastic polluters. https://www.breakfreefromplastic.org/brandaudit2021/

Talking Trash: The Corporate Playbook of False Solutions to the Plastic Crisis

Changing Markets Foundation. (2020). Talking Trash https://talking-trash.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/TalkingTrash_FullReport.pdf

Policy responses to reduce single-use plastic marine pollution in the Caribbean (January 2021)

Clayton, C., Walker, T., Bezerra, J., & Adam, I. (2021). Policy responses to reduce single-use plastic marine pollution in the Caribbean. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 162, 111833. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111833

The Truth Behind Trash: The Scale and Impact of the International Trade in Plastic Waste (September 2021)

EIA (2021) The Truth Behind Trash. Available at: https://eia-international.org/wp-content/uploads/EIA-The-Truth-Behind-Trash-FINAL.pdf

The fundamental links between climate change and marine plastic pollution (February 2022)

Ford, H. V., Jones, N. H., Davies, A. J., Godley, B. J., Jambeck, J. R., Napper, I. E., ... & Koldewey, H. J. (2022). The fundamental links between climate change and marine plastic pollution. Science of the Total Environment, 806, 150392

The International Waste Platform

International Waste Platform. Provides information and guidance on various elements of plastics policy and highlights the important role of marine debris networks to prevent and reduce ocean plastic pollution.

Improving Plastics Management: Trends, policy responses, and the role of international co-operation and trade (2018)

OECD. (2018). Improving Plastics Management: Trends, policy responses, and the role of international co-operation and trade. Retrieved from: https://www.oecd.org/environment/waste/policy-highlights-improving-plastics-management.pdf

Legal Limits on Single-Use Plastics and Microplastics: A Global Review of National Laws and Regulations (2018)

UNEP. (2018). Legal Limits on Single-Use Plastics and Microplastics: A Global Review of National Laws and Regulations. UNEP. Retrieved from https://www.unep.org/resources/publication/legal-limits-single-use-plastics-and-microplastics-global-review-national

European Plastics Pact Plastics Pact Roadmap (2020)

WRAP. (2020) European Plastics Pact Roadmap. Retrieved from: https://europeanplasticspact.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/wrap-european-plastics-pact-roadmap_hr.pdf

Convention on Plastic Pollution – Toward a new global agreement to address plastic pollution

EIA. (2020). Convention on Plastic Pollution – Toward a new global agreement to address plastic pollution. Available at https://eia-international.org/report/convention-on-plastic-pollution-toward-a-new-global-agreement-to-address-plastic-pollution/

Global Plastics Policy Centre Submission for the 2nd Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (January, 2023)

Global Plastics Policy Centre. (2023). Submission for the 2nd Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee. Available at: https://apps1.unep.org/resolutions/uploads/230106_global_plastics_policy_centre_university_of_portsmouth_uk_0.pdf

What is your relationship with plastics?

Our enrichment module, A plastic Revolution continued this week, exploring the role plastics play in our society, how we as consumers use them and our attitudes and behaviours towards plastic packaging.

Join our #PlasticFutures conference this June!

The mission-driven conference will be an opportunity to share research and innovation across disciplines and communities and forge future collaborations to inspire new solutions to end plastic pollution.

http://www.port.ac.uk/plastics-future

Coastal city residents want to do more to reduce their single-use plastic waste and are trying to recycle more, but feel they can’t due to current infrastructure challenges and accessibility barriers they face 🧵⬇️ https://www.port.ac.uk/news-events-and-blogs/news/plastic-is-moving-quickly-from-our-shops-to-our-bins