The United Nation’s Twelfth Sustainable Development Goal aims to promote responsible use of natural resources for goods, energy, and infrastructure. As the world’s population continues to increase, there will no longer be enough resources for people to continue to consume as they have until now.
In order to address the negative environmental consequences of overconsumption, the UN has adopted the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production. This plan focuses on reducing consumption by creating multi-stakeholder partnerships that will incentivize reusing and recycling, rethink food and water systems, and improve renewable energy technology.
The part of this wide-reaching goal that we have chosen to focus on is decreasing consumption of plastics by ending the use of single-use plastics, promoting recycling programs, and researching viable alternatives.
Infograph provided by Plastic Oceans https://plasticoceans.org.