POLYPROBLEM – A Study by the Röchling Foundation and Wider Sense

No Common Agenda Ahead

Despite enormous public attention to the increasing environmental impact of plastic waste, a global agenda to solve the problem is not in sight. This is the critical finding of a policy paper with the title POLYPROBLEM, published jointly by the Röchling Foundation and the consulting company Wider Sense.


Not a day goes by without major media reports on plastic in the environment. Sometimes it’s about spectacular ideas of cleaning the oceans, sometimes about new insights on microplastic, sometimes about actions for a plastic-reduced life. “Many of these initiatives do not just run side by side. Some of the arguments and approaches also contradict each other,” the authors summarize.

This publication compiles the most important challenges, solutions and actors in a compact overview and provides orientation for all those who would like to get involved in the field of plastic and the environment. Who is pursuing which goal? What are the different priorities? And above all: Is there any prospect of a global plan?

In order to answer these questions, the authors spoke with international experts. They analyzed the most important networks and their strategies and transparently compiled the sources of information relevant to the topic.

POLYPROBLEM helps all those who want to have a holistic overview of the plastic problem and derive their own options from it.

The 92-page illustrated publication can be downloaded here in a German and English version. Free printed copies can be requested from info@roechling-stiftung.de