Knowledge Note

"If we do not address our current uses of plastic, the world will be in an eternal waste cycle."

Fossil fuel-based plastic is a ubiquitous commodity, which disintegrates over hundreds of years but never fully degrades. Countries should carefully weigh the advantages and drawbacks of a proposed new global treaty on plastic pollution while recognizing if we do not address our current uses of plastic, the world will be in an eternal waste cycle.  

This brief written by Tallash Kantai is from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Earth Negotiations Bulletin- December 2020. This brief is part of the Still Only One Earth: Lessons from 50 years of UN sustainable development policy

The Still Only One Earth policy brief series was published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) with the support of the Swedish Ministry of Environment, the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, and Global Affairs Canada. 

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