"Intense, challenging and very interesting," said OGS-EMODnet Chemistry marine litter data managers after the workshop entitled "Plastic Additives and Circularity & Human Health and Environmental Impacts Across the Lifecycle of Plastics". The event took place on 20 October and the UNESCO Global Partnership on Marine Litter was the organiser.
The GPML aims to identify gaps and priority actions to address plastic pollution, integrate data and information from multiple sources, coordinate and guide action based on the best available knowledge, network stakeholders and facilitate target setting and measurement of progress.
In collaboration between the University of Georgia, GRID-Arendal and the University of Wollongong, a series of 6 issue briefs are being developed as part of the work on Action Track 1 (Science-Policy Linkages) of the GPML. The workshop focused on topics surrounding two of the draft issue briefs: 1. plastics additives and circularity and 2. human health and environmental impacts across the life cycle of plastics. The main objective was to formulate relevant messages for decision-makers and discuss promising ways to make significant progress.
Speakers pointed to the need to simplify the production of plastics by reducing chemicals and to transparency by indicating what chemicals are in plastics and what hazards they pose, as well as to the circularity of plastics instead of recycling.
Some of the relevant information from recent publications and scientific studies shared during the event is shown in the figure below.