PFPW.NEWS – April 2, 2020

~   Mondelez Confirms Plastic Waste Commitment
~   “The Plastic Problem” documentary reshown March 31 on PBS just before the film “Plastic Wars”
~   Transportation of Microplastic from Land to the Deep Ocean Explained

Mondelez Confirms Plastic Waste Commitment – On March 24, 2020 Mondelēz International confirmed its “… ambition to create positive impact for people and planet and achieve zero-net waste packaging. As part of a long-term commitment to reduce environmental impact, the company set 2025 packaging innovation targets to ensure 100% of packaging is designed to be recycled, contains on-pack recycling information and contributes to the company’s commitment to reduce CO2 emissions … Mondelēz International will work towards the following: Take action to eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging by 2025; 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable or recyclable; Use 5% recycled content (by weight) across all plastic packaging used; [and] Take action to move from single-use towards reuse models where relevant … Our vision is for a world where plastic never becomes waste or pollution …” 

“The Plastic Problem” documentary reshown March 31 on PBS just before the film “Plastic Wars” – “The Plastic Problem” is a documentary prepared by the PBS News Hour, sponsored by the Cultural Programs Unit of the National Academy of Sciences – In announcing the documentary, the PBS News Hour notes that “… By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. PBS NewsHour takes a closer look at this now ubiquitous material, how it’s impacting the world and ways we can break our plastic addiction …” – “Plastic Wars”  is a joint investigation by FRONTLINE and NPR which “… reveals how plastic makers for decades have publicly promoted recycling, despite from almost the beginning privately expressing doubts that widespread plastic recycling would ever be economically viable …”.

Transportation of Microplastic from Land to the Deep Ocean Explained – On March 20, 2020, the UK National Oceanography Centre published research that explains “… how submarine sediment avalanches can transport microplastics from land into the deep ocean …” – The report showed that “… these flows are responsible for sorting different types of microplastics – burying some, and moving others vast distances …”  These findings may help predict the location of future seafloor microplastic hotspots, which in turn could help direct research into the impact of microplastics on marine life … Studying the distribution of different types of plastic on the seafloor is important because the size and type of plastic particle determines how toxins build up the surface, as well as how likely it is the plastic will enter the gut of any animal that eats it, and what animal may eat it …” – The NOC research report is posted here.