From 2018 to 2020 UNICEF and WHO led an initiative to explore how affordability can be understood and monitored for water, sanitation and hygiene. A panel of experts was invited to contribute to the initiative at key moments. Published literature was reviewed, concepts and methodologies developed and country case studies conducted, to explore underlying concepts and practical applications to enable global and national monitoring.
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A major plan by California lawmakers to require a 75 percent recycling rate for single-use plastics and packaging stalled for the year in the Legislature Sept. 14. But supporters vowed to bring it back.
The Union environment ministry on Tuesday launched a two-month long awareness campaign on single use plastics. A series of events are lined up for the same. The ministry issued a draft notification in March this year to phase out single use plastic products in phases by 2022 by amending the plastic waste management rules. The manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of ear buds with plastic sticks, plastic sticks for balloons, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice-cream sticks, polystyrene [thermocol] for decoration will be prohibited from January 1, 2022.
Rethinking collaboration across supply chains to produce food regeneratively. African farmers, businesses, and food entrepreneurs are at the forefront of food production and the backbone of many African economies. As the many case studies included in this article show, some are already reaping the benefits of a shift to a circular economy for food. However, in many parts of the continent, agriculture fails to provide either sufficient nutrition to its citizens or a decent livelihood to its farmers. African cities represent one of the fastest-changing demographics in the world. Africa’s urban population is set to double in the next 30 years, at the same time the affluence of African citizens is also increasing. As a result, each year African cities require a greater overall volume of food and will in turn produce more organic waste.
The future circular economy and blockchain use cases look positive as more and more brands turn toward adopting a circular economy.
More than 100 billion tons of resources enter the economy every year – everything from metals, minerals and fossil fuels to organic materials from plants and animals. Just 8.6% gets recycled and used again. Use of resources has tripled since 1970 and could double again by 2050 if business continues as usual. We would need 1.5 Earths to sustainably support our current resource use. This rampant consumption has devastating effects for humans, wildlife and the planet. It is more urgent than ever to shift from linear, use-it-up-and-throw-it-away models to a circular economy: where waste and pollution are designed out, products and materials are kept in use for longer, and natural systems can regenerate. A circular economy isn’t just about fixing environmental wrongs, though: Evidence shows it can bring big opportunities and positive impacts across industries, sectors and lives.