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Yet, global efforts to address the plastic crisis remain consistently focused on the wrong end of the life cycle: waste management.To be sure, plastic has played an essential role in global economic growth for decades.Making matters worse, plastic production is increasing and will continue to do so.Though the public associates plastic with lifesaving wonder materials, an estimated 40 percent of global plastic production is for single-use packaging. As a result, nearly 80 percent of all the plastic ever produced has ended up either in a landfill or loose in the natural environment, despite years of industry messaging to encourage recycling.Break Free From Plastic, a growing global movement of non-governmental organizations, has been working to inform governments and their representatives of the harms and risks associated with new plastic production.The expert group's recommendations have given significant momentum to the push for a new global framework to reduce the production and consumption of plastic. A new global convention to confront the plastics crisis would improve coordination between governments and existing regulatory structures, and would also provide additional financial and technical support.
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