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Plastic Pollution

Banning single-use plastics has several benefits for the environment, human health, and sustainability. The obvious is the reduction of plastic pollution, so we can significantly reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfills, oceans, and ecosystems. This also helps protect wildlife, both above land and below water and prevents the release of harmful toxins, and reduces the visual blight caused by plastic litter.

Another benefit to banning single-use plastic is the mitigation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) which can help lower our carbon footprint by not importing single-use plastic bottles. This will reduce energy consumption and emissions associated with plastic manufacturing and waste management processes.

The Cayman Islands Government has a proposal to ban eight single-use plastic products and is heading to Cabinet, according to the Ministry of Sustainability and Climate Resiliency. A ministry spokesperson told the Compass it is “in the process” of submitting a proposal and looks forward to being able to share more information “in the coming weeks”.

From an investment perspective, supporting the ban on single-use plastics and investing in sustainable alternatives can present attractive market opportunities, mitigate risks, enhance reputation, align with investor preferences, and contribute to the long-term sustainability and resilience of investment portfolios.

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