Data & Methodology

The data model used to create the Global Plastic Laws Database reflects current trends in plastic legislation, moving away from individual product item bans to more comprehensive legislation. The data model serves as the foundation from which the digital tools and platform were built, with data organized according to the following life cycle categories and key topics:


Data Scope

The Global Plastic Laws Database includes legislation that has been passed–serving as an extensive database with quantitative metrics. The Database includes legislation across the full life cycle of plastic and may also include important emerging topics. Related initiatives largely focus on item-specific reduction measures, and therefore only provide data for one part of the plastics life cycle.

Data update mechanism

The data in the Global Plastic Laws Database are collected by subject-matter experts working on the ground in their respective geographic regions, which makes it accurate, timely, and provides context on legislative developments and processes, which are often convoluted and not easily explained through an internet search.


The Global Plastic Laws Database Core Partners add value by working with experts in many of the countries from which data is collected. This allows for understanding the granularity of the legislative process through native speakers. 

Global context

The Global Plastic Laws Database has been created and is maintained by a global team, ensuring that critical perspectives are included, such as from the Global South and other commonly underrepresented regions.