Scientists call for ban on plastic production

In a letter to the scientific journal Science, an international group of scientists and experts have stated that the issue of plastic pollution should be tackled at the source: by regulating, capping, and in the long term completely banning the production of new plastics. The letter was published in response to a United Nations meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, during which world leaders, ministers and other organizations from 173 countries entered into a global treaty against plastic pollution.

However, improved recycling and collection systems will not be enough to deal with plastic pollution
on land and in oceans. The letter explains that existing plastics and plastics fall apart into micro- and nanoparticles in the environment and that this pollution is irreversible. According to the researchers, production of new plastic should stop by 2040, because plastic is a real threat to the environment, biodiversity and humanity and its production produces a lot of CO2 emissions.

The world population seems to welcome a plastic ban. Commissioned by The Plastic Free Foundation and the WWF, a survey by Ipsos – a leading global provider of market research -– showed that three quarters of the world’s population is in favour of a ban on single-use plastic. Figures that highlight the urgency of a global plastics ban.