It is estimated that between 1950 and 2015, 8.3 billion tons of plastic were produced, of which only 7% were recycled. About half of the plastic we produce today is discarded after only one use.
A paradigm shift in the way in which plastic is produced, used and discarded is required to mitigate the current crisis of plastic pollution. Oceans receive 10 million tons of plastic per year. At this rate, the mass of marine plastic will exceed that of the fish in 2050.
Equipping public and private organizations with accurate and updated data is essential to set mitigation goals and monitor progress over time. The calculation of the plastic footprint is the first step towards the 3R: reduce, reuse and recycle. This will allow the company to limit its impact on the environment and human health.
ALLCOT measures plastic footprints on a company and sectoral scale using the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology, which focuses on plastic consumption. In addition to the questionnaire, the analysis is complemented by an on-site visit and interviews (production plants, logistics centers, etc.). The calculation considers macro plastics and primary micro plastics.
Through a detailed questionnaire, we put the magnitude of plastic use on the radar of organizations.
These are the scopes of our plastic footprint services:
- Inventory of plastic use and waste.
- Inventory of plastic “leakage” into the environment.
- Plastic footprint reduction strategy.
Plastic footprints highlight the cost of inaction and help identify investment opportunities in the circular economy.
Carbon standards are currently developing plastic reduction certificates, following the same logic as carbon credits, which will generate financial flows that will benefit organizations that reduce their plastic consumption through technological or organizational innovations.
ALLCOT has played a leading role in the development of methodologies in various services, and plastic footprint measurement now joins this group of pioneering services. ALLCOT has wide experience in the development and validation of methodologies, including local and international standards.