Tides of Change: The Global Shift from Single-Use Plastics

By Ian Lifshitz, US VP of Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations Asia Pulp & Paper Group
Sep 25, 2019 1:00 PM ET

This article is sponsored by Belantara Foundation. 

Despite the sound of its name, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is not the setting to a mysterious mythical tale, but instead the very alarming and tangible result of our world’s plastic practices. The patch is an island of floating trash, more than twice the size of Texas, which lies between Hawaii and California. It contains more than 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic and weighs over 88,000 tons. Its existence is one reason that there has been an increased focus on reducing single-use plastics across the globe.

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