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October 29, 2019 - A group of more than 250 companies announced recycling and circular economy commitments at the fifth-annual Our Ocean conference in Bali, Indonesia this week. But the environmental advocacy group Oceana said it’s not enough to solve the plastics crisis.  
 
"Plastic pollution has grown into a major global crisis for our oceans, and it threatens our health,” said Oceana's chief policy officer Jacqueline Savitz in a press release. “To have an impact, these companies must reduce the amount of single-use plastic at the source – in the factory – before it gets to consumers. We need to move on from plastic bottles, bags, lids and yes, straws. Recent beach cleanups have found plastic waste from Danone, Indofood, Unilever and others on Indonesia's beaches. Yet none of these companies have committed to stop using plastic, to stop putting plastic into consumer products, or to even offer consumers alternatives. So, Indonesia's beaches, like so many others around the world, will continue to be dumping grounds for companies that produce consumer goods, and who have refused to think outside the plastic bottle and bag.”
 
Savitz asked the company’s to make “a meaningful, time-bound and specific percent-reduction of the amount of plastic it is putting into the market, and to find alternative ways to package and deliver its products. A circular economy is a nice utopian idea, but this crisis is unfolding today, and we need to see meaningful commitments to end the plastics crisis these companies have created."
 
Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization dedicated to ocean conservation. For more information on its work go to www.oceana.org.
 
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