Although there is an upwards trend in the number of policies to tackle ocean plastic pollution, little is known about how effective these policies are, especially in the long-term. In order to develop a globally binding commitment to reducing ocean plastic pollution, we must first understand which policies have been developed so far and learn from their successes and unintended consequences. In response to a call by the United Nations Environment Assembly, the Nicholas Institute at Duke University developed an inventory of policy responses to global plastic pollution as a basis to start monitoring progress. The open access Plastics Policy Inventory contains a vast array of international policy documents to address ocean plastic pollution and is regularly updated to include new policy documents.
How the Prevented Ocean Plastic guidelines work
- Working based on academic definitions for ocean bound plastic.
- Applying OceanCycle certification.
- Providing full traceability from coastline of collection, to final product on shelves.
- All plastic products with our stamp use a minimum of 30% Prevented Ocean Plastic, with many products over 50% inclusion.
- Substantial and real industry level recycling.