Back to Blue, an initiative of Economist Impact and The Nippon Foundation, brings together two organisations that share a common understanding of the need to improve evidence-based approaches and solutions to the pressing issues faced by the ocean, and to restoring ocean health and promoting sustainability. The initiative will focus initially on aspects of the vexing challenge of pollution.
The Plastics Management Index measures, compares and contrasts the efforts made by a selection of 25 countries at different stages of development in their management of plastics, covering the entire lifecycle of plastic products. Its goal is to assess each country’s capacity to minimise plastics mismanagement or leakages across the plastics lifecycle, while promoting the optimal production and use of plastic as a resource. In so doing, it views the issue through the lens of policy, regulation and business practice, while also incorporating consumer actions and perspectives.
Based on the Plastics Management Index, Back to Blue has prepared briefing reports on South East Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam), India, Ghana and Egypt, analysing the key gaps and best practices in the country's plastics management index, and identifying opportunities for filling them.
Each year, 11 million tonnes of plastic waste pour into the world’s ocean. That us 30 Empires State building weight in plastics swirling in the water, threatening fragile ecosystems around the globe. This problem isn’t going away on its own. In fact, it’s getting worse.
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When it comes to personal actions, the survey shows about two-fifths of consumers always segregate their waste, two-fifths sometimes segregate it, and one-fifth never do. Find out more about consumer actions and perceptions towards plastic use and management in this infographic.
The inaugural Plastics Management Index (PMI) was launched in early October. Naka Kondo, editor of the report, and Shreya Mukarji, manager of the index development, discuss findings of the PMI.
With less than ten years to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, there is a renewed urgency to examine global systems and balance human aspirations with the planet’s ability to sustain them. This is why Economist Impact has launched The Sustainability Project, a content platform and community hub combining insights, innovation and influence. Our aim is to convene and engage global stakeholders who have the power to bring real change.
Economist Impact's World Ocean Initiative imagines an ocean in robust health, and with a vital economy. Year-round and at our flagship World Ocean Summit, we foster a global conversation on the greatest challenges facing the seas, inspiring bold thinking, new partnerships and the most effective action to build a sustainable ocean economy.
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