At present, every minute one garbage truck full of plastic waste ends up in our oceans and an island of floating plastic debris already three times the size of France is gyrating in the Pacific.
Plastics, this invention of the post-World War II world, has revolutionised our lives in many respects. Countless objects - from cars to spacecraft all the way to medicine - would not have been feasible without plastic materials. But improper disposal and thoughtless handling of plastic waste have turned into an outsized threat for marine life in our oceans and coastal regions.
We need to act - all of us. Solutions must be found, and innovations driven forward. We at METRO are convinced that we will best master these challenges if we act in concert; if we rely on strong partnerships and dialogue; if we bundle our strengths and our know-how. That is why we organised a round table with representatives from companies operating along the complete plastics value chain including restaurant operators and caterers as well as politicians and scientific institutions and embarked on it: on our journey towards a world without single-use plastics - towards a circular economy and carefully selected alternatives. In the videos below, some of the participants who were available to answer a few questions after the round table event tell us why this is important.