Phase out plastic by reducing demand for it, replacing it with alternative materials, and holding plastic polluters accountable for the waste they create.
The UN ranks plastic pollution as the second most ominous threat to our planet, right behind climate change. Humans have created over 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic to date, and most of it has been thrown away. Made from fossil fuels and toxic chemicals, plastics don’t break down; they just break apart. That means all the plastic ever made is still with us today. It’s in oceans, landfills, streams, and soil, harming and killing wildlife. It’s in our food and water, leaching carcinogens and neurotoxins. The planet is drowning in plastic, and the solution starts at the source: plastic production must peak and go down rapidly. Such a turnaround will take a global, society-wide effort that combines policy change, political pressure, and private-sector innovation to reimagine how we live in a world without plastics.