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Tackle single-use plastics pollution or face environmental calamity, warns Blue at UN climate change conference

Press release   •   Dec 11, 2018 08:19 CET

Blue co-counder and CEO Anders Jacobson warns law makers and top business leaders at UN climate conference that single use plastic bottle challenger must be tackled to avoid environmental calamity.

Stockholm, Sweden, December 11, 2018 – Global lawmakers and business figures attending the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2018 at the Katowice, Poland , UN Climate Change Conference Sunday heard a stark warning about the dangers of single-use plastic contamination of the planet from Anders Jacobson, co-founder and CEO of Swedish ethical investment fund Blue.

Noting studies show 83 percent of all tap water on average around the world contains micro plastic particles, Mr. Jacobson told 600 environmental policy-makers and climate technology innovators that business must provide "the thought-leadership to drive the innovative technologies and solutions able  to disrupt an industry that today sees 1.4 billion plastic bottles produced every day, many ending up in landfill and our oceans".

After his address, Mr. Jacobson joined environment ministers from the UK, Finland and Iceland for a panel discussion on how to tackle-single use plastics use. He explained how one Blue investment, Bluewater, a world leader in innovative residential and commercial water technologies, daily demonstrates how human ingenuity can deliver tech solutions dramatically cutting the need for throwaway plastic bottles.

Designed for use in homes, businesses and public spaces, Bluewater’s purifiers are deployed in diverse environments to provide alternatives to plastic bottles at marathons, football matches, music and large-scale yoga events across Asia, the USA, Europe and Africa.

"While there is no single solution to the throwaway plastic plague, Bluewater provides a positive example that there are technologies and solutions available now to avoid single-use plastics,” Anders Jacobson said.

Background

Joining Anders Jacobson on the Sustainable Innovation Forum panel discussing how to tackle single use plastic and its impact on the oceans were Dr. Therese Coffey, UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment, Gudmundur Ing Gudbrandsson, Iceland’s Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, and Hanna Pokka, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Finland.

For more information, please contact David Noble, Blue Communications Director, at david.noble@blueab.se or at +44 7785 302 694.

About Blue

Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Blue is an investment company that serves as a catalyst for innovations that can solve some of the major challenges facing our planet and all living on it. Blue’s mission is to find, engage with, invest in and support entrepreneurs, innovators and businesses driven by the desire to deliver tangible, sustainable solutions that can benefit human wellbeing and planetary health.www.blueab.se