The plastics industry started to address the high profile issue of marine debris in a structured way through a gathering of global plastics industry associations at the K Show in Dusseldorf, Germany late last year. In March this year, a Joint Declaration on Marine Litter was inked at the 5th International Marine Debris Conference in Hawaii. Since then, 53 plastics associations worldwide have signed up to the Declaration , whose primary objective is to 'Contribute to solutions by working in public-private partnerships aimed at preventing marine debris.'
Included in the signatories are several Asian-based associations, who now plan to promote adoption region-wide through the Asian Plastics Federation (APF) and convince other associations to come on board. Speaking on the sidelines of the APF annual meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, Wilfried Haensel, Executive Director of PlasticsEurope (Brussels, Belgium), representing the Global Initiative of the Plastics Industry on Marine Litter, noted that a coordinated effort worldwide was important in order to achieve the Declaration objectives, "Which represent a serious commitment in that the wording we use is 'We will' for the action items.''...