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Renewable Natural Resources Foundation Journal

“Managing Plastics in a Sustainable Way – A Global Necessity”

“Plastic is everywhere, but insufficient thought is given to what happens to it after it is discarded. Most plastic is considered waste after its first, brief use. In the absence of an efficient recapture process, plastic "leaks" into the environment, most notably into the oceans, and creates damage far exceeding its original value. Plastic should be managed as a precious commodity because its cost skyrockets when allowed to occupy natural environments. Plastic in the environment is a big and complicated problem – the solution is also big and complicated.”

“The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in partnership with the World Economic Forum and McKinsey and Company, proposed the implementation of a circular plastics economy to deal with these issues. Their roadmap to creating a sustainable lifecycle for plastic packaging is described in The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics. This Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (RNRF) Special Report summarizes the key ideas and concepts of the New Plastics Economy.”

“Particulate Matter Pollution Remains a Human Health Threat”

“Particulate matter (PM) pollution remains a serious threat to human health. It causes disease in the lungs, heart and cardiovascular system, and also has neurological impacts. Recently, there has been a reversal of decades of progress in reducing PM pollution.”

“This is an excerpt from the Environmental Law Institute's 2020 report, Reducing Indoor Exposure to Particulate Pollution from Outdoor Sources: Policies and Programs for Improving Air Quality in Homes. It outlines the health impacts of PM exposure, the continued prevalence of PM pollution in the United States, and the challenge of reducing indoor exposure to PM.”