Governing Plastics Network

Updates and insights from the war against plastic in seven developing nations

A just transition for plastics workers: learning from recycling pioneers to ensure no one gets left behind

Change is an inherently disruptive process and the upcoming UN treaty on plastic pollution promises urgent, profound and global change on an unprecedented scale. History shows us that it is the poorest and most marginalised members of society who suffer most from such disruption, so what does this mean for the 20 million waste pickers […]


The devil is in the details: Combating plastics pollution without plastics data?

To manage plastic waste the UN plastics treaty must be able to measure it, but are current systems for tracking the global trade of plastic trash and the polluting chemicals it contains up to the job?  Shashi Kant Yadav explains why the devil is in the detail. Plastics move. The worldwide plastics trade is massive, […]


Inequity in India’s single-use plastics product ban

In its rush to introduce a single-use plastic ban India risks creating legislation that covers only a tiny proportion of polluting products and penalises small enterprises whilst leaving big business unscathed. Governing Plastics Network researcher Shashi Kant Yadav argues that to make a difference legislation in developing countries must address plastic not as a product […]


In partnership with Surrey, Brazilian university releases film on plastic pollution

As the world’s fourth-largest producer of plastic waste, Brazil faces an uphill battle, with only an estimated 1.28% of the 11.4 million tons of waste it produces annually being recycled. In partnership with the University of Surrey and Wollongong, researchers from the University of São Paulo, in Brazil, have released a new web documentary looking […]


Revisiting the Japan resolution on marine plastic management

Introduction – The Call for Global Plastic Treaty Yesterday in Nairobi the Fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) accepted a proposal from Rwanda and Peru for a historic treaty aiming to turn the tide on plastic pollution.  However, this was not the only proposal on the table.  With powerful industrial interests lobbying behind […]


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