I would like the retail and wholesale industry to, first and foremost, agree on common standards for reusable transport packaging.
Every year, up to 13 million metric tons of plastic waste end up in the world's oceans - equivalent to a garbage truck load being dumped into the oceans every minute
- If nothing changes, there will be more garbage in the ocean than fish by 2050 - measured by weight
- Today there is already a plastic waste island in the Pacific, which is 3 times as large as France with 1.6 million square kilometres
- Plastic waste in the ocean is decomposed over time and ends up as microplastics in marine food - and thus also on our plates. The effects of microplastics on human and animal health have not yet been sufficiently researched
- To promote sustainable use of raw materials and reduce packaging waste, three guidelines provide orientation: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
About ... Henning Wilts
Dr Henning Wilts is head of the Closed-Loop Economy Department at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. He is motivated by the gigantic amount of 350 million metric tons of waste we produce each year in Germany. Together with companies, NGOs and politicians, he tries to develop and implement visions of a resource-efficient closed-loop economy. www.wupperinst.org