Ocean Recovery Alliance


We are pleased to have launched our summary report “Crafting High-Impact Voluntary Commitments to Prevent and Reduce Marine Litter” at Plasticity Bangkok (November 2019) as part of the UN's Sea of Solutions Week, which introduces a new guide and scorecard, named “Commitments 2.0,” which was made possible by funding from United Nations Environment. These tools will allow stakeholders around the world to create stronger and more effective commitments to reducing plastic pollution, whether for large companies, governments, or small organizations with limited resources. "The report is intended to challenge the ‘business as usual’ methods which have previously been used in crafting commitments" says Doug Woodring, Managing Director, "and to now have opportunities to engage communities with efficient, replicable and scalable commitments for the world to benefit from.”


Scoring includes a focus on the Magnitude of the commitment, and how much impact it can make, as well as replicability and scalability, and its Velocity – how fast it can be implemented or activated.  These can be used by entities of any type (public, private, govt), and big or small….but the point is to consider these points, and to look for others which might be similar to what you are planning as a committer, and to see how you can improve upon or replicate what also might have already been done or tried.   We also have over 100 SIC type codes, to categorize which commitments fit where

Special thanks to authors Rob Steir, Bernal Teral and Doug Woodring, with valuable contributions from Amy Brooks, Mathilda Blume, Connor Keisling and Linda O’Doughda. 

Included below is an infographic we created as part of the report, when discussing some of the issues of plastic pollution, with one being the volume of material, and the extra local transportation needed (and thus traffic, fuel and costs), when transporting rigid materials which are not compressed, bailed or shredded - and effectively mean the shipment of "air" around our cities.  This is one big reason that the costs of recycling are uncompetitive to that of using virgin materials, and a challenge that the world can focus on fixing.




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