Unlocking Sustainable Plastics in Asia

Year of Publication

2021

This report analyses the trend of plastic use in Asia proposes two pathways to ensure sustainable plastic use in the region.

Source:

Eurasia Group

Author(s):

Geography:

Asia

Type:

Primary Data, Strategy

Purpose of Measurement:

Understanding the Problem, Solution Sets and Impact Potential

Impact theme(s):

Climate, Oceans, Policy

This report analyses the trend of plastic use in Asia proposes two pathways to ensure sustainable plastic use in the region. The first is to change the trajectory of plastic packaging use so that the size of the challenge does not overwhelm the possible solutions. Here, establishing clear timelines, scopes, and targets is critical. The second is to break the link between plastic use and the waste and emissions challenges of single-use, linear plastics models. The way to do this is through massively increased recycling—which itself must build on much better waste collection and sorting systems—while also pushing technical boundaries to extend and decarbonize the processes employed. These are the two sides of the circular economy for plastic packaging.