What do mushrooms, tires and soda bottles have in common? They are all being used, recycled or even upcycled through innovative programs that prevent waste from entering the environment.
Despite some disappointments in the formal negotiations process, the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development — Rio+20 — has been a hugely valuable gathering of the smartest minds in business, law and policy. Fifty thousand passionate experts came to Rio de Janeiro this week to exchange information, make commitments, and build partnerships to protect our planet and it’s people from many threats and challenges.
To help solve the problem of plastic pollution — which impacts human and ecosystem health both on land and in the marine environment — important opportunities were showcased at the launch of the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Partnership on Marine Litter and the Plasticity Forum. At these events, NRDC presented the Global Goal and Commitment to Stop Plastic Pollution, housed on a web-based platform to motivate and showcase actions from government, business, and organizations, committed to reducing marine plastic pollution at its source.