Stop the Leak: Addressing Plastic Leakage in Your Supply Chain
May 1, 2020

Watch the CottonWorks™ plastic leakage webinar to learn how your company can benefit from a plastic leakage assessment.

Cotton Incorporated joined Quantis in the Plastic Leak Project, an initiative to identify and develop solutions that will prevent plastic leakage and pollution, all along the supply chain. Research conducted by the Plastic Leak Project revealed that 60% of consumers say micro plastic pollution affects their purchases. This number will continue to rise as more information about how microplastics infiltrate our environment reaches consumers.

In this webinar, you will hear from:


  • Dr. Jesse Daystar, VP and CSO of Cotton Incorporated
  • Laura Peano, Sr. Sustainability Consultant and Plastic Leak Project Lead, Quantis
    Dr. Anna Kounina-Massé, Sr. Sustainability Consultant, Quantis

Cotton Incorporated is committed to helping the industry make the production changes necessary to achieve these bold and inspired GHG emissions reductions goals. It continues to illustrate this commitment by funding research and sharing information with crop specialists, re-searchers, and growers at events such as the Beltwide Conference, through webinars, through regional meetings, and demonstration field days.

This webinar reveals plastic leakage stats and illustrates the importance of combating leakage. Here are just a few of the insights shared in the webinar:


  • Only 7% of world’s plastic has been recycled
  • 3% of annual plastic production is leaked into environment, amounting to 8 million tons per year, or 300,000 truckloads
  • Companies can bolster business value by conducting a plastic leak assessment
  • Plastic leakage assessments help companies identify the main sources and pathways of plastic leakage, how much occurs, and where it ends up
  • The results of the Plastic Leak Project can be used by the following industry professionals to define priorities, guide eco-design efforts, track progress, and credibly communicate environmental performance:
    • Sustainability managers
    • Corporate decision-makers
    • R&D, product & packaging designers
    • Marketing teams
    • Supply chain managers
  • The plastic leakage assessment tracks consumer textiles from production to care to help companies identify supply chain leakage hotspots

Conducting a plastic leakage assessment is the first step in building a metrics-based plastics strategy that includes the following steps:

  1. Assess leakage
  2. Benchmark performance
  3. Develop strategy
  4. Build reduction roadmap

Learn more about all the resources the Plastic Leak Project has to offer and reach out to Quantis to start planning for your assessment.


The work we do is possible because of collaborations with partners like Quantis and relationships all throughout the value chain. Ready to commit to sustainably produced cotton? Become a Cotton LEADS partner today. Interested in doing even more? Contact us for ideas to get the most out of sustainable cotton and your partnership with Cotton LEADS.

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