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Single-Use Plastics: A Roadmap for Sustainability

Year of Publication


This paper highlights the benefits and challenges of plastic, emphasizing the need to rethink plastic manufacturing, usage, and waste management.


United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)






Purpose of Measurement:

Solution Sets and Impact Potential

Impact theme(s):

Policy, Material Flows

This paper outlines the undeniable benefits of plastic, including its affordability, lightweight nature, and ease of production, which have contributed to its widespread use. However, this has also led to a significant increase in plastic production, resulting in a growing waste management challenge. To address this environmental issue, it is crucial to reconsider how we manufacture, utilize, and manage plastics. Governments must introduce regulations, businesses should foster innovation, and individuals need to take action. The paper provides insights into successful efforts by governments, businesses, and individuals at various levels to reduce single-use plastic consumption. It offers valuable lessons for policymakers considering regulations on single-use plastics.

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