The Plastic Leak Project
The Plastic Leak Project (PLP), a pre-competitive multi-stakeholder initiative co-founded by Quantis and ecodesign center EA in partnership with 35 public, private and scientific organizations, delivers the first science-based methodology to map, measure and forecast plastic leakage along their value chain. These insights provide sustainability managers and corporate decision-makers with a strong foundation to translate their commitments to tackle plastic pollution into effective strategies and actions that meaningfully address plastic leakage.
Following a yearlong collaboration and rigorous testing of the methodology through pilot projects with Arla Foods and textile brand Sympatex Technologies, the full PLP Methodological Guidelines and accompanying Brief are now publicly available.
The PLP Guidelines shift the plastics conversation from sounding the alarm to driving meaningful change with robust metrics.
As pressure from investors, consumers and governments rise, companies have made bold commitments to tackle plastic pollution in their value chains. Until now, businesses have lacked the tools and metrics to identify where plastic leakage is happening and which actions will be most meaningful. Thanks to the PLP Guidelines, companies can identify areas of greatest impact and develop targeted strategies that enable them to address these business risks, design better products, innovate supply chain solutions, track progress, communicate credibly on their efforts, and strengthen brand reputation. This assessment is the first step in developing a science-based plastics strategy.
Companies bolster business value with a plastic leakage assessment
The plastic leakage methodology empowers companies to:
+ Minimize risks and build business resilience across their value chain by making targeted and impactful decisions founded on science.
+ Strengthen brand reputation by demonstrating leadership in tackling plastic pollution.
+ Uncover opportunities for innovation that bring companies closer to their sustainability goals and strengthen competitive advantage.
+ Foster trust and generate buy-in with stakeholders through metrics-backed credible communications.
Laura Peano, Senior Sustainability Consultant and Plastic Leak Project Lead br> Quantis
Julien Boucher, Director of ecodesign center br> EA
Gerard Bos, Director of Global Business and Biodiversity Programme, IUCN br> International Union for Conservation of Nature
Alix Grabowski, Manager, Plastics and Packaging br> WWF-US
Harnessing science to stop leakage at its source
Using the PLP Guidelines, companies can see where leakage is occurring across global value chains, as well as quantify plastic loss and release rates. The PLP methodology is a valuable tool for sustainability managers, corporate decision-makers, R&D teams, product and packaging designers, marketing teams and supply chain managers, and is applicable across sectors ranging from agri-food and apparel to cosmetics, shipping and beyond, to assess plastic leakage linked to transport, textiles, plastic products and packaging, and plastic pellets.
A plastic leakage assessment provides businesses with insights that serve as a strong foundation to define effective strategies and actions for eliminating plastic pollution across their value chains. It is an essential first step on the journey of translating bold sustainability commitments into meaningful actions to address plastic impacts.
The PLP Stakeholders
Project stakeholders represent a diversity of expertise and industries across the plastic value chain, as well as scientific experts in microplastics, plastic waste, LCA and circularity, recognized academics exploring macro- and micro-plastics issues, leading international organizations for nature conversation, and the European Commission, linking this project with the on-going work on the impacts of plastics.