Global plastic production is expected to double over the next few decades.
There are already an estimated 11.1 billion plastic items entangled on reefs throughout the Asia-Pacific region*
With statistics like these, it is no wonder that governments and large corporations are now starting to act.
A variety of suggestions are being discussed including compostable plastic, eliminating single-use plastic and deposit return schemes.
China is now rejecting plastic waste from developed countries (since January 2018) due to most of the plastic being poor quality and ending up dumped or burned.
Therefore, solutions will have to be found quickly to reduce plastic pollution in our oceans.
ISO 14001 environmental management system
Organisations can contribute to reducing plastic pollution by implementing an effective system to manage the environmental impact of their operating processes.
ISO 14001 provides much more than a waste management system. It covers a broad scope to help you meet national and global environmental regulations and anti-pollution laws. Achieving certification to ISO 14001 will help you identify harmful effects on the environment caused by disposal of waste and set targets to minimise the impact. Additional benefits include:
- Cost savings from reduced waste and consumption.
- Providing an edge over your competitors when tendering.
- Demonstrating your environmental credentials to your employees and customers.
ISO 14001 proves your commitment to a cleaner world for all of us.
Integrating ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015
Revisions of two of the most popular standards are in place and all audits are now being done to the revised standard.
One of the changes in the revision was the ability to easily integrate different standards. If you already have ISO 9001 and would benefit from certification to ISO 14001, the common structure is going to be the same under the revised standards. This will make it much easier to meet the requirements under one integrated management system.
Now would be a good time to consider improving your environmental credentials by adding ISO 14001 to your certifications.
*Research by Cornell University