Plastic weighing the equivalent of one billion elephants has been created since the 1950s and most of it has ended up in landfill, with only 9% of plastic waste recycled. The material has made many conveniences of modern life possible but it is polluting our oceans with an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean globally each year.
This past year, we have seen a wave of companies stepping up to #UnplasticthePlanet, by reducing the amount of plastic in their packaging, but more needs to be done. Billions of people worldwide —especially the world’s poorest— rely on healthy oceans to provide jobs and food. We can not end extreme poverty without healthy oceans.
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set out a path to achieve the elimination of poverty by 2030. SDG 14.1 focuses on the need to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution, mainly from land-based activities, by 2025. It also emphasizes the need for businesses to find innovative solutions to mitigate the impact of marine debris.
Join us in calling on corporate leaders to find innovative solutions to #UnplasticthePlanet by reducing plastic in their packaging, as well as utilizing renewable materials in their packaging that can be reused later on. Global Citizen will bring this petition to corporate leaders, encouraging them to make commitments to reduce their plastic packaging waste and utilize renewable and reusable products.