New Plastics Economy Global Commitment signed signed by packaging giants

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Dame Ellen MacArthur

A new global commitment to tackle plastic waste and pollution at source has been signed by 250 organisations including many of the world’s largest packaging producers, brands and retailers.

Launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN Environment, the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment aims to create a ‘new normal’ for plastic packaging.

Targets will include moving away from single-use packaging, ensuring 100% of packaging is reused, recycled or composted by 2025 and improving the amount of products are made from recycled plastics.

Signatories include companies representing 20% of all plastic packaging produced globally including Danone, H&M group, L’Oréal and Mars.

The UK government, alongside a series of other governments, NGOs, recyclers, investors, academics and educations establishments have also signed up.

Targets will be reviewed every 18 months and become increasingly ambitious over the coming years.

Dame Ellen MacArthur, founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, said: “The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment draws a line in the sand, with businesses, governments and others around the world uniting behind a clear vision for what we need to create a circular economy for plastic.

“I encourage all businesses and governments to go further and embark on a race to the top in the creation of a circular economy for plastic. One in which this material never becomes waste or pollution.”

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