Food and drink firms pledge to reduce global plastic pollution

  • Food and drink firms pledge to reduce global plastic pollution

Food and drink firms pledge to reduce global plastic pollution

The new Global Commitment aims to eradicate plastic waste and pollution at the source and to create "a new normal" for plastic packaging by applying the principles of circular economy, where plastics never become waste.

Businesses signing the Commitment have undertaken to publish yearly data about progress on the central goals of the project.

According to a company news release, Danone plans to ensure that all its packaging is created to be 100 percent recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.

The targets will be reviewed every 18 months and become increasingly ambitious over time.

Circulating the plastic produced, by significantly increasing the amounts of plastics reused or recycled and made into new packaging or products.

Said Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, "We know that cleaning up plastics from our beaches and oceans is vital, but this does not stop the tide of plastic entering the oceans each year".

The pledge by 250 organizations included numerous world's biggest packaging producers, leading consumer brands, retailers and recyclers, as well as governments and non-governmental organizations.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was launched in 2010 to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. We agree, it is essential that businesses step up as leaders in this space and drive change.

Participation to the initiative is not limited to big brands in the retail and manufacture sectors as more than fifteen financial institutions, particularly those with more than $2.5 million in assets under management, have also pledged their support for the Global Commitment. As such, since 2014, we have been using sugar biobased plastic to make our packaging.

A number of global governments, including - among others - France, the United Kingdom and Portugal, added their weight to the approach.

Central to the commitment ― and to dealing with this pollution crisis ― is the need to eliminate the plastic we don't need: the throwaway straws, cutlery and cups, the unnecessary packaging and items that can be replaced with better alternatives.

Firms responsible for a fifth of the world's plastic packaging are among organisations to sign up to global efforts to tackle plastic waste. It is a global problem requiring a global solution...

Researchers estimate that more than 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced since the early 1950s.

The foundation calculated that how much of this plastic waste is sent to landfill as well as how much vanishes into the environment. Researchers calculate that if current trends continue, there could be more plastic than fish in the world's seas by 2050.

Does it go far enough?

The move was welcomed by environmental campaigners, Friends of the Earth.

Ecostore is committed to reducing plastics pollution.

According to a Danone news release, effective collection and recycling systems are needed to ensure packaging is recycled, reused or composted.

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has called for the consumer goods industry to play a "leading role" in eliminating plastic waste on land and sea, and pledged its support for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy vision.

Nevertheless, some are concerned that the pledge is not ambitious enough.