Away from plastics – approaches and solutions


Produce, consume, throw away – this form of economic activity is a one-way street. The traditional forms of economy are not compatible with the global challenges and do not do justice to the efforts to preserve our planet. Plastic has many different properties: light, flexible, moisture resistant, strong and cost effective. This leads to an excessive consumption of plastic products. But the durable and very slowly degradable plastics ultimately become a large part of waste. Consumer behaviour and the throw-away mentality are a burden on the environment, people and animals. A large proportion also ends up in the sea. In Switzerland, 14,000 tonnes of plastic end up in Swiss waters and soil every year. Littering causes Switzerland high costs of 200 million CHF annually. Plastic pollution knows no borders. In addition to national solutions, global strategies are needed, which are supported by all stakeholders.

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