An 85% reduction in plastic waste by 2030? That’s a reason to feel hopeful. Our recently published, peer-reviewed study shows the potential for Plastic Drawdown to be effective not only in the Maldives but everywhere. Now, we’re on the lookout for 10 more countries to partner with.
Plastic Drawdown is a rapid, affordable and user-friendly tool that helps decision-makers create ambitious policies to tackle plastic pollution.
It's been developed in consultation with the governments of over 20 countries and exists to help them understand their country’s unique plastic waste flows and choose the most effective portfolio of policies to tackle ocean pollution.
To date, Plastic Drawdown has been used to support policy makers in Indonesia, Greece, UK and now, the Maldives.
Why is this study so important?
The study, co-authored with experts from Oxford University, Imperial College London, Eunomia and The Government of the Maldives, shows, in detail, how the Maldives Government used the Plastic Drawdown framework to develop an ambitious Plastic Phase Out Commitment, which was announced at United Nations General Assembly by the Maldives President.
"Plastic Drawdown was critical in building the case for phasing out single-use plastics across the Maldives" … "Common Seas delivered not only solid evidence for what we could achieve, but also practical advice on how to achieve it" A spokesman for the President of the Maldives.
It also shows how this approach is replicable and accessible to all countries, especially to those where ambition to stop plastic pollution is high but a lack of resources and access to baseline data has prevented the development of an effective national strategy.
So, if your country needs answers to these questions, Plastic Drawdown is for you.
How does Plastic Drawdown work?
Plastic Drawdown helps governments identify which plastics to target, where they’re leaking into the environment and – given the resources available – how best to tackle them.
It follows three steps…
Mapping and modelling a country’s plastic pollution
Matching a country’s plastic problem with the right solutions
Working with stakeholders to turn strategy into action
More info here or read on to see the outcome of these steps in the Maldives.
We were invited to deliver Plastic Drawdown by the President’s Office and worked with three ministries, three island councils and an expert group including stakeholders from waste management, water, sanitation and the private sector to build a holistic picture of plastic waste flows in the Maldives, and the solutions to end Ocean plastic.
Here’s what we found:
Step One – Mapping and modelling a country’s plastic pollution.
Step Two: Matching a country’s plastic problem with the right solutions.
Step Three: Working with stakeholders to turn strategy into action.
Our 2022 plans
We’re pleased to announce that Common Seas is supporting the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science by scaling Plastic Drawdown to 10 new countries. Chosen partners will have access to Common Seas’ proven policy, circular economy and modelling expertise, as well as proven tools to help bring about a circular economy for plastics that engage and support businesses, communities and the next generation.
Is this right for you?
If you are committed to addressing plastic pollution in your country, but lack the baseline data, technical skills, or framework needed to develop a holistic policy response then please get in touch.
Today many countries lack an effective evidence-based plan to end plastic pollution. In fact, 14 of 20 the world’s most plastic-polluting countries either have no plastic strategy or only have policies that address plastic bags. To enable effective national and international cooperation, we are calling on all countries to develop baselines and action plans, backed by common reporting and monitoring tools.
"To see direct impact from research in such a short time is rare"...“With Plastic Drawdown we have shown that powerful decisions can be made with limited data when there is a robust framework in place to share knowledge” Lucy Woodall, Associate Professor at University of Oxford and Principal Scientist of Nekton.