More actions to fight plastic pollution

Garnier has partnered with two NGO’s to help improve both the environmental and social impact of plastic pollution: Ocean Conservancy and Plastics For Change.

What actions will Garnier take to fight plastic pollution?

To make a positive impact environmentally, we have partnered with Ocean Conservancy, an NGO working to turn the tide on ocean plastic for more than 30 years. As part of this we will be participating in Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Clean-up, the world’s largest single day volunteer effort to fight ocean plastic.

We are also partnering with the NGO Plastics for Change to help fight the social impact of plastic pollution. Plastics for Change (PFC) is a for-profit business that works with its non-profit entity, The PFC Foundation, to bring price stability and access to the global market for waste pickers. Its mission is to help transform discarded plastics into a resource for positive change. 
 

What is plastic pollution?

Plastic pollution has become a pressing challenge in the past few decades. Today, more than 350 million tonnes of plastic is produced annually, and only 20% of plastic waste is recycled worldwide. The rest becomes waste, polluting our environment. Plastic pollution harms wildlife and natural ecosystems and contributes to climate change.

How does plastic get into the ocean?

Plastic pollution in our oceans is largely caused when people don’t have the opportunity to dispose of their waste responsibly. Instead, their plastic waste often enters local rivers, eventually flowing into the ocean. At the heart of the problem, the majority of plastic pollution is currently due to business models supporting single-use packaging; waste mismanagement leaking plastic into the environment; and a supply chain currently producing five times more virgin plastic than recycled plastic.

Garnier’s Green Beauty initiative is an end to end approach to sustainability that aims to transform every stage of Garnier’s value chain, reducing or eradicating environmental impact in areas that include plastic and packaging.

How does plastic get into the ocean?

Plastic pollution in our oceans is largely caused when people don’t have the opportunity to dispose of their waste responsibly. Instead, their plastic waste often enters local rivers, eventually flowing into the ocean. At the heart of the problem, the majority of plastic pollution is currently due to business models supporting single-use packaging; waste mismanagement leaking plastic into the environment; and a supply chain currently producing five times more virgin plastic than recycled plastic.

What are the effects of plastic in the ocean?

More than 800 species of marine animals are affected by plastic pollution, either through ingestion, entanglement or chemical contamination. It is the cause of death of millions of seabirds and marine mammals, some marine species being on the verge of extinction because of plastic ocean pollution. Consumption of plastic by marine creatures causes health issues that spread up the food chain to larger marine animals and finally to the humans who eat them. Plastic in the seas also pollutes the oceanic waters, lowering the oxygen levels and affecting the survival of marine animals including whales, dolphins and penguins. Birds and land animals get caught in the choke-hold of plastic on beaches. It poses a threat to the functioning of marine ecosystems, and micro-plastic particles floating in the ocean are toxic for all living beings.

WHY OCEAN CONSERVANCY?

Working to protect the ocean

Since 1986, Ocean Conservancy and its volunteers have collected more than 136,000 tons of trash through their international coastal clean-ups, de-polluting beaches and waterways worldwide.

We did it!

On September 21st 2019, Garnier teams worldwide proudly joined Ocean Conservancy for its International Coastal Cleanup Day, to fight ocean plastic. Together, 6 tons of waste were cleared from beaches and waterways around the globe.

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Plastics For Change

This year we joined forces with Plastics For Change to support the holistic development of waste-picker communities and prevent ocean bound plastic in India. 

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