Industry plays a crucial role in the global production and use of plastics and thereby is a key player in the effort to reduce plastic pollution.  TARGET USERS: Businesses, Industry, Government KEY CONSIDERATIONS: Business-led initiatives have long differentiated leaders in an industry, and can often lead to new industry standards and benchmarks that raise the bar for […]

Waste Wise Cities Challenge

The Changemaker City Challenge pairs cities in emerging economies with partner cities to support the development of waste management systems.  TARGET USERS: Individuals, Businesses, Industry, Government KEY CONSIDERATIONS: UN-Habitat’s Waste Wise Cities program has launched a challenge to clean-up and establish sustainable waste management programs in 20 cities around the world by 2022. MORE INFORMATION: Visit Waste Wise […]

Clean Urban Waterways

Urban canals and rivers are an increasingly common end-point for consumer plastics, but can be kept clean using litter traps that retrieve floating plastic debris before it can enter seas and oceans. TARGET USERS: Individuals, Businesses, Industry, Government COSTS: Project specific KEY CONSIDERATIONS: Litter trap technologies take advantage of natural forces such as water currents and wind to effectively capture plastic […]

Bye Bye Plastic Bag

Bye Bye Plastic Bags is a community engagement and educational movement driven by youth that advocates for no plastic bags.  TARGET USERS: Individuals, Businesses KEY CONSIDERATIONS: The campaign was launched in 2013, in Bali, and has since grown to 50 team sites with around the world. The teams raise public awareness by delivering school presentations and workshops, organizing beach clean-ups, […]

Controlled Disposal Facility

Controlled disposal facilities are considered the last available option for material disposal.  TARGET USERS: Businesses, Industry, Government KEY CONSIDERATIONS: The increasing awareness of public health and environmental quality concerns are expected to provide the impetus that is needed to develop and implement a sustainable approach to managing solid wastes and rehabilitation of the existing open dumps. MORE INFORMATION:  […]

Youth-Led Initiatives

Youth-driven community engagement and education initiatives that advocate for no plastic in our world is a powerful means to creating consumer change.  TARGET USERS: Individuals, Businesses KEY CONSIDERATIONS: Youth-led organizations prove effective in raising awareness of the dangers of plastics to our environment by offering local community engagement workshops, organizing beach clean-ups, promoting plastic-free products, lobbying with local and national governments, […]

We Use

We Use is a reusable tableware rental and cleansing service for events in Hong Kong.   TARGET USERS: Individuals, Businesses KEY CONSIDERATIONS: Only operating in Hong Kong.  MORE INFORMATION: https://www.weuse.hk/ THE PROBLEM Events are a significant source of plastic pollution, as single-use plastics are commonly used for food and drink service. While some events provide plastic collection and sorting bins, with the […]

WasteAware Benchmark Indicators

WasteAware Benchmark Indicators (WABI) consists of an indicator set that assesses waste management performance within cities, allowing for benchmarking of cities and monitoring developments over time.  TARGET USERS: Businesses, Industry, Government KEY CONSIDERATIONS: Using a standardized indicator set allows benchmarking against the performance of similar cities, within a country or in different countries, on a consistent basis […]

Waste Flow Tools

Waste flow tools offer cities the analytical guidance they need to create, manage and sustain effective solid waste management systems in response to growing urban populations.  TARGET USERS: Individuals, Government KEY CONSIDERATIONS: Analysing waste flow helps cities establish priorities for plastic action. MORE INFORMATION: See the Plastic Smart Cities Smart Guide on Baseline Assessments. THE PROBLEM Solid waste management is one of […]


Thread transforms plastic bottles into sustainable fabric, and partners with mainstream brands to produce clothing apparel products.  TARGET USERS: Individuals, Businesses, Industry KEY CONSIDERATIONS: Thread collects and processes plastic bottles into fabric in Haiti and Honduras. MORE INFORMATION: https://threadinternational.com/ THE PROBLEM Single-use plastic bottles continue to pollute the environment and find pathways to the marine ecosystem.  THE SOLUTION Thread collects plastic bottles from […]