Category: Plastics & waste

Limiting environmental impacts through unused or expired medicine

By Frithjof Laubinger, Environmental Economist, OECD Environment Directorate Pharmaceuticals are widely considered as essential for maintaining human and animal health, but many of us do not consider their impact beyond treating infections and disease. In fact, residues from medicine can become an environmental concern… Continue Reading “Limiting environmental impacts through unused or expired medicine”

Rediscover our top 5 blogs of 2021

1. The price of plastic waste and solutions to turn the tide By Stefanos Fotiou, ESCAP, and Anthony Cox, OECD Environment Directorate This blog examines solutions to deal with the eight million tonnes of plastic that will end up in the world’s oceans every year,… Continue Reading “Rediscover our top 5 blogs of 2021”

Greening the recovery from COVID-19: how sustainable will it be?

By Andrew Prag, OECD Environment Directorate When COVID-19 began to spread around the world, it brought with it many uncertainties. But one thing was quickly clear: the depth of the economic and social crisis was going to require massive government intervention to rescue jobs… Continue Reading “Greening the recovery from COVID-19: how sustainable will it be?”

The price of plastic waste and solutions to turn the tide

By Stefanos Fotiou, Director, Environment and Development Division, ESCAP and Anthony Cox, Deputy Director, OECD Environment Directorate The proliferation of plastic in our society is hitting extreme levels that should be of concern to all nations.  Annually, we produce around 359 million tonnes of… Continue Reading “The price of plastic waste and solutions to turn the tide”

COVID-19 and the looming plastics pandemic

By Frithjof Laubinger and Nikhil Varghese, Circular Economy and Waste Team, OECD Environment Directorate During the height of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, the city was dealing with more than 240 tons of medical waste a day, a six-fold increase over the amount being… Continue Reading “COVID-19 and the looming plastics pandemic”

What is the environmental footprint of Christmas?

By Anthony Cox, Deputy Director, OECD Environment Directorate Type “Christmas and environment” into Google and you will get page after page of tips on how to have a sustainable festive and holiday season. Running the whole gamut of topics from the Christmas tree to… Continue Reading “What is the environmental footprint of Christmas?”