GESA Launches LinkedIn Forum for UNEP Plastic Pollution Treaty Stakeholders Ahead of INC-4 in Ottawa

Crofton, M.D. April 3, 2024 – The Global EPS Sustainability Alliance (GESA), an organization brought together to represent the expanded polystyrene (EPS) transport packaging industry on an international level, is announcing the launch of a new LinkedIn group discussion forum. As the conversation around plastic pollution gains momentum, with significant steps being taken toward establishing an international legally binding agreement, the importance of this dialogue and collaboration between policy makers and industry has never been more crucial.

The GESA discussion forum aims to provide a robust platform for stakeholders involved in the development of the United Nations Environment Programme’s treaty on plastic pollution, brand owners, journalists, advocates, and more to engage in meaningful discussions on sustainability and innovation at an international level.

“This forum is not just another online community; it is a dedicated space to exchange ideas, perspectives, and knowledge aimed at improving sustainability and tackling pressing environmental challenges,” said GESA spokesperson Betsy Bowers, Executive Director of EPS-IA. “We want to explore topics like recycling, chemical transparency, mismanaged waste remediation and more, to understand what’s working and where there are knowledge gaps.”

Through fostering open communication and collaboration, the forum seeks to be at the forefront of driving meaningful and actionable solutions for increased EPS sustainability.

To access the forum and submit a request to join, visit:

EPS maintains an essential role in key industries including packaging, construction, transportation, manufacturing, automotive, and food service, among others. Applications such as packaging for the safe and effective transportation of food and vital medicines and vaccines, protective gear to prevent injury, refrigeration components, insulation for housing, and car seats are all made using EPS. The treaty could have a significant impact on these day-to-day products that many rely upon.

GESA’s recommended environmental policy, observer submissions and position papers can be read in full here.

GESA advocates for the responsible use of EPS, as well as research-backed solutions and policies that will positively benefit the environment and the economy. For more information about GESA, visit

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