The accumulation of plastic waste in nature is one of the biggest global environmental crises in addition to climate change and the dramatic extinction of species. Politics has grossly neglected the problem. We want to avoid plastic waste wherever possible and prevent microplastics from entering the environment. Our goal is to achieve a resource efficient recycling economy with long lasting, reusable products. To end the entry of plastic waste into the oceans as quickly as possible, we call for a UN plastics convention that obligates Member States to action.