MICROPLASTICS - STAKEHOLDER PROGRAMS
Stakeholder programs provide an opportunity for voluntary action by individual companies. They can help strengthen a company’s sustainability initiatives, improvements in environmental impacts, compliance with federal and state regulations, financial bottom line and reputation with consumers and within the community.
Microplastic specific programs can help a company get in front of what is proving to be a ubiquitous global pollutant. Global examples include:
Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) is an international programme to reduce plastic pellet loss to environment through engaging with industry and businesses.
Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is a membership-driven trade organisation for the outdoor industry. They are dedicated to industry-wide collaboration in order to achieve meaningful change in recreation and trade policy, sustainable business innovation and increasing outdoor participation.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) works with business, government and academia to build a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design. Their mission is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.
OCS Good Practices for Industry to Reduce Pellet Loss
EMF Proposed Strategy for A New Textile Economy
Adidas announced they have developed a method to analyse shedding properties of different materials and plan to share with others to adopt a standard.