From 5 Gyres <[email protected]>
Subject A Glimmer of Hope
Date March 9, 2022 7:00 PM
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The most important environmental accord since the 2015 Paris Agreement

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Dear Friends of 5 Gyres,

It's difficult to celebrate anything as Ukraine fights for its freedom, but a new plastics treaty on the horizon gives us a glimmer of light during these dark times.

Delegates from 193 countries convened in Nairobi last week for UNEA-5.2. The result - an ambitious, comprehensive mandate to negotiate a legally binding treaty that addresses the full life cycle of plastic - is a huge win for the Break Free From Plastic movement. Read our newsroom article ([link removed]) to learn more.
READ: The Road to a Global Plastics Treaty ([link removed])
Delegates at UNEA-5.2 were greeted by artist Ben Von Wong's Giant Plastic Tap ([link removed]) . The 30-foot tall installation was created with plastic from Kibera in collaboration with the Human Needs Project.

Los Angeles City Councilmembers voted unanimously to approve a landmark series of instructions to phase out single-use plastic. Stay tuned for updates and action items from our Reusable LA ([link removed]) coalition!

Congratulations to the new Dr. Lisa Erdle! Lisa completed her Ph.D. on microfibers last week and joins our team full-time as the Director of Science & Innovation.

What's next for Lisa? She's heading to Antarctica to trawl for plastics! Follow our Instagram ([link removed]) for updates from the voyage.

ICYMI: More 5 Gyres News
* John Lochner joins 5 Gyres as our newest board member! He brings a wealth of experience in water, energy, and sustainable resource management. Learn more about John here ([link removed]) .
* Check out the new Trash Academy episodes on textiles ([link removed]) , fishing gear ([link removed]) , hospital waste ([link removed]) , and single-use plastic ([link removed]) . Subscribe to our YouTube channel ([link removed]) for more!
* California became the first state to adopt a comprehensive strategy for the reduction of microplastics. Our San Francisco Bay Microplastics Project ([link removed]) back in 2019 helped push this issue to the forefront.
* A new study found that synthetic tampons can release 17 billion nanoplastic fibers per tampon. Read the response ([link removed]) from our partners at Natracare.

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