At least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year, the equivalent of one garbage truck full of plastic dumped into the ocean each minute. Plastic makes up 80% of all marine debris from surface waters to deep-sea sediments and has been detected on shorelines of every continent. Confronting this challenge requires addressing the entire plastic value cycle—material engineering, product and process design, consumer use and behavior, collection systems and recycling. Inspired by a display of the latest sustainable materials and design innovations, this round table will discuss options and approaches for integrating efforts across the entire supply chain to mitigate threats posed by plastics in the ocean, including the need for partnerships between government, the private sector, and financial institutions at local to global scales.
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