Friday, September 24, 2010

Philippine plastic pollution ought to be tracked too..

I've been writing about plastic pollution and its impact on the Philippines.

Clearly, the solution is to have a retrieval and disposal system for plastic wastes generated by the products of Unilever, Procter and Gamble, San Miguel, Nestle, etcetera...

I'm rather happy this morning to learn about the Plastic Disclosure Project of the Clinton Global Initiative.  The PDP aims to get companies to report on plastic use in their operations and in so doing, perhaps determine their responsibility for plastic pollution.

The thing is, what happens when products in plastic packaging disappear in the US, they end up in countries like the Philippines and the onslaught of plastic pollution continues.

The country ought to have it's own plastic pollution reduction program, preferably one that is funded by the producers and users of these goods.

Project Aims to Publicly Track Corporate Plastic Use
By GreenBiz Staff
Published September 22, 2010
NEW YORK, NY — The Plastic Disclosure Project is taking a page from carbon and water disclosure efforts by asking companies to report on their plastic use and management plans.
The project was launched at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting and is focused on reducing the amount of plastic waste around the world. Modeled after the Carbon Disclosure Project's carbon and water programs, it will survey companies annually on behalf of the world's investment community.
Companies will be asked to report on plastic use in their operations and supply chain, as well as their plastic management plans and governance efforts.
The CGI hopes the project will spur investment firm managers and companies to use the reported information to think about how to reduce plastic use, how to redesign products and where money can be saved when it comes to plastic.
The survey will be organized by Project Kaisei, an ocean clean-up initiative, in collaboration with the Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, which will provide research for the project. The first survey is planned for the first half of 2011.
Credit Suisse has already committed to include plastic-related strategies and issues in its analysis of its portfolio companies' environmental and social impacts.
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