“Improving Waste management and Promoting Research into Alternatives”
“If you can’t reuse it, refuse it”
Innovative Ghar Nepal is going to organize the event to work against the Plastic Pollution on the World environment day, June 5.
Global Plastic Pollution by the Numbers:
• 500 billion plastic bags used each year
• 13 million tonnes of plastic leak into the ocean each
• 17 million barrels of oil used on plastic production
• 1 million plastic bottles bought every minute
• 100,000 marine animals killed by plastics each year
• 100 years for plastic to degrade in the environment
• 90% of bottled water found to contain plastic
• 83% of tap water found to contain plastic particles
• 50% of consumer plastics are single use
• 10% of all human-generated waste is plastic
To beat plastic pollution, we need to entirely rethink our approach to designing, producing and using plastic products. This World Environment Day, our goal is to inspire the kind of solutions that lead to sustainable behavior change upstream. We’ll build on the global momentum to beat plastic pollution and use World Environment Day as a turning point to inspire innovators, activists and leaders worldwide to do more than just clean up existing plastics, but also focus our action upstream. Our goal is to foster the dialogue that leads to new models for plastic production and consumption. Individuals, the private sector and policymakers all have critical roles to play.
• Plastic pollution is a defining environmental
challenge for our time.
• In the next 10-15 years global plastic production is
projected to nearly double.
• Avoiding the worst of these outcomes demands a
complete rethinking of the way we produce, use and
• Individuals are increasingly exercising their power as
consumers. People are turning down plastic straws
and cutlery, cleaning beaches and coastlines, and
reconsidering their purchase habits in supermarket
aisles. If this happens enough, retailers will quickly
get the message to ask their suppliers to do better.
• While these steps are a cause for celebration, the
reality is that individual action alone cannot solve the
problem. Even if every one of us does what we can to
reduce our plastic footprint – and of course we must
– we must also address the problem at its source.
• Consumers must not only be actors but drivers
for the behaviour change that must also happen
• Ultimately, our plastic problem is one of design. Our
manufacturing, distribution, consumption and trade
systems for plastic – indeed our global economy –
need to change.
• The linear model of planned obsolescence, in which
items are designed to be thrown away immediately
after use, sometimes after just seconds, must end.
• At the heart of this is extended producer
responsibility, where manufacturers must be held
to account for the entire life-cycle of their consumer
products. At the same time, those companies
actively embracing their social responsibility should
be rewarded for moving to a more circular model of
design and production, further incentivizing other
companies to do the same.
• Changes to consumer and business practice must be
supported and in some cases driven by policy.
• Policymakers and governments worldwide must
safeguard precious environmental resources and
indeed public health by encouraging sustainable
production and consumption through legislation.
• To stem the rising tide of single-use plastics, we need
government leadership and in some cases strong
World Environment Day is the UN’s most important day
for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the
protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has
grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is
widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
• Many countries have already taken important steps
in this direction.
• The plastic bag bans in place in more than nearly 100
countries prove just how powerful direct government
action on plastics can be.
One Day design thinking workshop with representative from different engineering college students for Improving Waste management and Promoting Research into Alternatives. We will try to develop the idea like Precision Plastics that can help to reuse of plastic.
Time: 10:30-5:30 Pm.
Venue: InG Hall, Kandevsthan, Lalitpur, Nepal