Plastics: Circular-economy principles could dramatically improve both economy and the environment. 2016 report from McKinsey, Ellen MacArthur Foundation and World Economic Forum

A new report by McKinsey, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and the World Economic Forum, The new plastics economy: Rethinking the future of plastics, finds that applying circular-economy principles to global plastic-packaging flows could reshape the material’s economy. In particular, it could drastically reduce negative externalities—valued conservatively by the United Nations Environment Programme at $40 billion —such as “leakage” into oceans as plastics escape established waste-collection systems. More