Plastics and the circular economy

Plastics and the circular economy

Vincent Kneefel

15 years: Ocean conservationist

Plastic is great for packing your lunch and paying for products. It’s not so great for marine life. In fact, 11 million tons of plastic ends up in our ocean with 100,000 marine mammals dying annually as a result. How did we get here? Join Vincent Kneefel as he explores why plastics are harmful and how we can reduce the amount in circulation.

Plastic is great for packing your lunch and paying for products. It’s not so great for marine life. In fact, 11 million tons of plastic ends up in our ocean with 100,000 marine mammals dying annually as a result. How did we get here? Join Vincent Kneefel as he explores why plastics are harmful and how we can reduce the amount in circulation.

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Plastics and the circular economy

14 mins 21 secs

Overview

A third of plastic ends up in nature. 11 million metric tons of plastic enters the ocean every year and that number is set to triple by 2040. Plastic has been a dominant material, which has increased in demand since the early 20th century due to its resilience and durability. Yet, 75% of all the plastic ever produced is now waste. Only 9% of the global plastic package is collected for recycling and just 2% is reused as packaging. Vincent encourages firms to use existing solutions and technologies alongside concerted actions to ‘break the plastic wave’.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand why plastics are harmful

  • Learn the negative impacts of plastic

  • Identify 3 steps to prevent plastic leakage

  • Define the circular economy

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Vincent Kneefel

Vincent Kneefel

Vincent Kneefel is an underwater photographer, ocean conservationist and circular economy expert. He has worked for organizations such as WWF, United Nations and Accenture on strategic sustainability and ocean conservation initiatives. His photographs show some of the most iconic and endangered creatures of our ocean.

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