With only 9% of global plastic waste being recycled, managing waste once it’s generated is not nearly enough. How can we scale waste prevention solutions focused on reuse? This session convenes leading stakeholders and voices for change, calling for urgent action and embedding reuse as a critical tool in the fight against plastic pollution. The UN Environment Programme, WWF and the World Economic Forum call for accelerating multistakeholder collaboration, announcing the joint launch in 2022 of a one-stop-shop Reuse Portal, a global collaboration platform engaging innovators, businesses, policymakers, activists, experts, consumers and citizens to build the tools and networks for shifting from single-use to reuse.

The Life Cycle Initiative (hosted by UNEP) has delivered evidence on how to best deal with single-use plastic products pollution. The work considers various scenarios and supports the scaling-up of existing holistic solutions. This has resulted in the publishing of several meta-analyses of life cycle assessments covering bags, bottles, takeaway food packaging’s, beverage cups, cutlery, nappies and menstrual products.  The overall key message is that reuse is usually the better option among other disposal alternatives. More outcomes of this work can be found in the ‘Choose to Reuse’ video campaign and the summaries for decision-makers in English, French and Spanish.

Click here for more information and to register for the webinar during UNEA 5.2 on Monday, 28 February 2022 from 18:15-19:45 Eastern Africa Time.