SC Johnson Tackles Plastics Pollution with Packaging Pledge and New Recycling Centers

01 November, 2018, 14:09 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Major companies responsible for a FIFTH of the world's plastic packaging pledge to end waste

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched its New Plastics Economy Global Commitment in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Reportedly, 250 organizations made the pledge, including numerous world's biggest packaging producers, retailers, leading consumer brands and recyclers, as well as governments and non-governmental organizations.

Gwen Holland, the Campus waste co-ordinator, said: "Bangor University fully supports the vision for a circular economy for plastics, and is a very proud signatory of the New Plastic Economy Global Commitment.

One in which this material never becomes waste or pollution", said Ellen MacArthur, founder of the foundation named after her.

"To complement the efforts of individual member companies, the CGF will identify specific areas where we can work collaboratively and pre-competitively to advance a circular economy for plastic packaging", he said.

The Commitment pledges to create "a new normal" for plastic packaging by eliminating problematic or unnecessary packaging and a move from single-use to reuse packaging models. They include the world's largest food and beverage brands: Nestlé, PepsiCo, Unilever, The Coca Cola Co., Mars and Danone are among those who have signed up to the commitment.


Brands that have signed the commitment will report their progress every year, as targets become more ambitious. "This is the most ambitious set of targets we have seen yet in the figut to beat plastics pollution", said United Nations Environment director Erik Solheim. If this rate continues for the next decades or so, there could be more plastic than fishes in the ocean by 2050. All businesses and governments must go further and embark on a race to the top in the creation of a circular economy for plastic.

100% of plastic packaging to be reusable or recyclable by 2023.

Faber added that several CGF members have already been taking steps to reduce problematic or unnecessary packaging and increase the use of packaging that is recyclable or reusable. We agree, it is essential that businesses step up as leaders in this space and drive change.

While many solutions have been attempted to this end, they have largely met with limited success because a substantial number of the areas directly responsible for ocean plastics leakage are impoverished areas with limited infrastructure and security problems which make recyclers susceptible to robbery or theft if they are rewarded with cash.

As part of a sustainable economy, products and packaging need to be created to be taken apart when they are no longer useful, and the materials either made into something new or returned to nature through composting.

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