The time to act is now. We need to reconsider our relationship with plastic, especially single-use plastic. The concerns are valid with the associated pollution and disposal to landfills, streams, rivers, and the ocean. This urgency leads public policies to implement plastic taxes and enable extended producer responsibilities in post-consumer consumption. With only about 9% of plastics being recycled, we need to reconsider the linear model of take-make-waste.  Instead, we should implement a circular model that embraces the need to reduce, reuse, and recycle virgin materials, minimizing waste and pollution. 

Let’s examine how SAP leads by example to enable a future with zero emissions, zero waste, and zero inequality.  Its suite of sustainability solutions helps companies better understand, track, trace, measure, and report on their environmental, economic, and social impact. SAP solutions enable and accelerate companies’ journey to measure and report against their goals as it relates to climate change and product carbon footprint. These solutions also promote responsible design and eliminate waste and pollution.


  • Alex Karim, Sustainability Principal, SAP America