Episode 367: Plastics platitudes, carbon seize critique

This week’s run time is 1:02.

ON OUR MINDS (10:00)

Co-hosts Joel Makower, co-founder and chairman of GreenBiz, and Heather Clancy, editorial director of GreenBiz, talk about the next tales:


Near 1,400 round economic system professionals gathered final week at Circularity 23, the place one matter on everybody’s listing was negotiations for a World Plastics Treaty that can form manufacturing and recycling methods lengthy into the longer term. Estimates by the Group for Financial Cooperation and Growth recommend it may take investments of $3.4 trillion to completely make a transition away from petro-plastics, and the related environmental impacts. The enterprise sector has an unprecedented alternative to form how the framework that can construct that shift. A number of mainstage audio system addressed the implications for companies together with:

  • Erin Simon, vp for plastic waste and enterprise at World Wildlife Fund — On why, even when your organization is not in “plastics,” the treaty could have a ripple impact.
  • Liz Nichols, international affairs workplace, U.S. State Division — On how the personal sector can capitalize on current investments to speed up the motion.
  • Jo and Pleasure Banner, co-founders and co-directors of The Descendants Challenge — On why we should always “cease giving fossil fuels a lifeline.” 
  • Plus a last reminder from Jo Banner — How firms ship their merchandise is not the worth of the product. Plus, why environmental justice must be a part of the answer.
An unknown ripple impact for ocean carbon seize (40:15)

The primary half of 2023 has been marked by a rising tide of local weather tech funding bulletins associated to the potential for ocean carbon seize. However contemplating how little we all know in regards to the potential influence of this know-how coverage group, Carbon 180 is urging extra firms and authorities to proceed with warning. Sifang Chen, managing science and innovation advisor at Carbon 180, unpacks the implications.


Lee Rosevere: “And So Then,” “4th Ave. Walkup,” “Let That Sink In.”
Dayfox: “Candy Love.”
Coma Studio: “Tender Beat.”


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