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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.
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Branded: Brand audit report. Holding Corporations Accountable for the Plastic & Climate Crisis
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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.
The Legislative Map and Datasets are a good source of finding further plastic policies and searches can be filtered.
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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: A Comprehensive Assessment of Pathways Towards Stopping Ocean Plastic Pollution
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Policy options to eliminate additional marine plastic litter by 2050 under the G20 Osaka Blue Ocean Vision
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