The COVID-19 pandemic is causing an excessive waste problem around the world with an increase in the use of plastic bags, delivery packages, and takeout containers. According to Bloomberg, single-use plastics such as polystyrene (the material used to make Styrofoam™) are experiencing a renewed demand due to the pandemic. Plastic waste is increasing in the restaurant industry due to the rise in takeout and delivery orders (essential to keeping the industry afloat), and the proliferation of all these disposable containers.
How to engage schools with food sustainability? An analysis of environmental impacts of school menus and development of educational materials in Bahia, Brazil. Paper presented at the The 8th World Sustainability Forum, 15-17 Sep 2020, Online. Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
We have a waste problem. The world threw away around 300 million tons of plastic in 2019, nearly equivalent to the weight of the human population. Scientists expect there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.
Headlines and press releases tell us policymakers and business leaders are focused on accelerating the transition to a circular economy. But what exactly is it they are all speeding towards? At its the heart the circular economy is about transforming how materials are used and produced to eliminate wastage. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) points to its goal of ‘closing the loop between raw materials, products and wastes so that materials remain in use and consumption of finite resources is reduced’. While countries and sectors would likely say something similar, the lack of an ‘internationally-agreed definition’ is slowing down progress in ‘designing informed strategies’, the UNECE said.
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USDN now helps partners, sustainability professionals, and our followers stay up to date with USDN members’ innovations through the Urban Sustainability Bulletin, formally known as the Innovation Report. This newsletter highlights key updates from USDN as well as key accomplishments from our member communities to give you a sense of what is happening in the field of urban sustainability and particularly our three focus areas – GHG Reduction, Climate Resilience, and Social Equity.