UNEP says measuring plastics use will reduce companies’ environmental impacts

UNEP says measuring plastics use will reduce companies’ environmental impacts image

Environmental impacts of plastic use are a business liability, says a new report from the Plastic Disclosure Project, United National Environment Program and business consultants Trucost. By quantifying plastics use, the report suggests, companies can increase their sustainability and reduce their environmental impacts. The report estimates that plastics used in consumer products eat up $75 billion annually in worldwide “natural capital costs.” Over 30% of these impacts come from greenhouse gas emissions, 23% from plastics used in the food industry and at least $13 billion annually in marine pollution impacts.

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