63% of US support single-use plastic ban, Greenpeace survey shows



63% of the US support a Global Plastics Treaty that would ban single-use plastic packaging, a new Greenpeace International survey shows.

Ahead of the fourth Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC4) meeting for a Global Plastics Treaty, which will be held in Ottawa, Canada this month, the new survey indicated strong public backing for measures aimed at ending single-use plastics and promoting reuse-based solutions.

69% of US respondents supported cutting plastic production and around 75% said they would use refillable and reusable packaging if it was more convenient or more cost-effective.

Censuswide conducted the research between 16 to 26 February 2024 from a sample of 19,088 members of the public in the UK, USA, Canada, India, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, China, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Austria, and Norway.

It is time for world leaders to listen and rise to the occasion.

82% of respondents to the global survey supported cutting the production of plastic to stop plastic pollution. While 90% wanted to transition away from single-use plastic packaging to reusable and refillable alternatives.

Commenting on the survey, Graham Forbes, Greenpeace Head of Delegation to the Global Plastics Treaty negotiations and Global Plastics Campaign Lead for Greenpeace USA said: “The level of public support demonstrated by this survey sends a clear message: the vast majority of people want a Global Plastics Treaty that cuts plastic production and ends single-use plastic.

“It is time for world leaders to listen and rise to the occasion. They must stand up to the fossil fuel industry and deliver a strong and ambitious treaty that represents the will of the people, or face significant political repercussions.”

Government ministers from 173 countries are set to gather in Ottawa, Canada, from 23 to 29 April for the INC4 conference to negotiate a legally binding Treaty. Greenpeace USA has said it wants the Biden Administration to support a binding Global Plastics Treaty that cuts total plastic production by at least 75% by 2040.

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