Each year, 8 million tonnes of plastics enter the oceans. Though fundamental to our everyday life plastics are one of the most wasteful examples of our existing linear, take-make-dispose economy. We urgently need to rethink the way we make, use, and reuse plastics.

On Thursday, 20 June at 1 pm at the EIB, Sander Defruyt, from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation will discuss how to tackle plastic pollution in a global economy.

In October last year, the EIB endorsed the ‘New Plastics Economy Global Commitment’ that aims at eradicating plastic waste and pollution at the source. Applying the principles of the circular economy, the initiative brings together key stakeholders to rethink and redesign the future of plastics, starting with packaging. It is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with a broad group of leading companies, financial institutions, cities, philanthropists, governments, academics, students, NGOs, and citizens.

In 2005, Dame Ellen MacArthur became the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe. The UK’s most successful offshore racer ever, she stepped away from professional sailing in 2009 to launch the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Today, the Foundation works with business, government and academia to build a framework for a circular economy that is restorative and regenerative by design.

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