Businesses called to reduce ocean waste

Beach scene with garbage accumulated in the sand, close to the waterThe World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) will publish a business case report titled “Roadmap for curbing the Ocean Waste” (ROW) the week of June 5-9, 2017 as part of the United Nation’s Oceans Conference in New York. “Today, at least 8 million tons of plastics leak into the ocean each year, which is equivalent to dumping the content of one garbage truck into the ocean per minute,” explained WBCSD via a release to its affiliates. The ROW report serves as a call to action to businesses, emphasizing how marine debris prevention practices can benefit industries. The report was produced with the collaboration of various corporations, including The Dow Chemical Company, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation, Unilever, Nestlé, LafargeHolcim and Borealis. WBCSD is one of the ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes (CBO) knowledge partners. CBO supported this project by participating in the ROW workshops leading up to the report and by providing expert reviews along the way.