Research and reports on single-use plastics

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These are a selection of research findings and reports on single-use plastics that we've found useful when informing our work.  If you're as interested as we are in what people are saying about single-use, simply click on the download icon to access the files, grab yourself a coffee or a glass of wine and settle in for an interesting read!

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March 2021

A nudging strategy for reducing consumption of single-use disposable cups

One Planet Networks, NATUR VARDS VERKET

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March 2021

Insights and examples to maximize the effectiveness of campaigns for sustainable plastic consumption

One Planet Network, Stockholm Environment Institute

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March 2021

Critical points that policymakers should consider when developing policy to reduce SUP pollution

UNEP

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June 2020

Insights, interventions and incentives to action from businesses and consumers in South-East Asia

Sea Circular, UNEP, FIA, AlphaBeta

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June 2020

Bold ideas, ambitious objectives and a comprehensive action plan for tackling plastics in the economy

Ellen MacArthur Foundation, EF, McKinsey Centre

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December 2020

An overview of increased impact of personal protective equipment on ocean pollution 

Oceans Asia

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January 2020

What the grocery sector is really doing about plastic packaging

Green Alliance

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March 2020

A collection of 5 independent research reports on plastics in the Baltic Sea.

IUCN

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May 2020

Unpacking the confusion of labelling on today's plastics & packaging

Consumers International, UNEP, One Planet Network

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February 2019

The hidden costs of a plastic planet.  Investigating the impacts upon human health from every stage of the plastic supply chain and life-cycle

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CIEL, Earthworks, TEJAS, UPSTREAM, GAIA, Exeter University

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February 2019

Providing guidance to businesses in the face of increasing acknowledgement of plastic as a global threat 

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WWF

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October 2019

BThe number of business signatories has doubled to more than 200 in the first year since its launch. This report looks at progress to date

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New Plastics Economy Global Committment

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April 2018

Does plastic food packaging really solve the food waste problem? This report investigates whether it does more harm than good

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Re-Think Plastic, Zero Waste Europe, Friends of the Earth

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June 2018

The impact of plastics on the Mediterranean Sea and the opportunities to make positive change

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WWF

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June 2018

Investigating the impacts of plastic legislation in globl destinations.  What has worked well, what hasn't worked and why? 

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UNEP

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June 2017

A documented look into the litter that's washing up on global beaches, and which may turn you from a flusher to a binner

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Ocean Conservancy

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November 2017

The linear approach to plastic production and it's impacts on the environment force us to fundamentally re-think the plastic system

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The Ellen McArthur Foundation

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2017

A superb publication which clarifies expectations around the marketing of products made from bio based materials

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The Euopean Bioplastics Organisation

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2016

Detailed research into the true environmental costs of changing plastic for other 'greener' materials in the consumer goods market.

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Trucost, part of SP Global