Why business is calling for global rules in plastics treaty

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As the world prepares for the fourth round of negotiations to create the first treaty to end plastic pollution, a dedicated global business coalition shares its insights with negotiators.

Whether it is a carrier bag floating across the street in a gust of wind, or a disposable bottle washed up on a beach 10,000km away from where its contents were drunk — plastic pollution is everywhere.

It is a huge problem stretching to all areas of the world. Of all the plastic produced globally, 40 percent is packaging, and a significant share of it is used just once and then discarded, contributing to the growing plastic pollution crisis.

As obvious and apparent as the problem is in our everyday lives, it is not too late to turn the tide on what has become one of the world’s most-pressing environmental issues.