As you are aware, the current linear plastic packaging system has significant economic and environmental weaknesses that need urgent transformation towards a circular system that tackles the issue of waste, leakage and litter yet retains the many benefits plastic packaging can deliver (e.g. in reducing food waste). As is seen in the global arena, a Circular Plastics Commitment can transform the plastic packaging sector to a truly circular system, providing a powerful platform for collaboration and action across all stakeholders to ensure a ‘systemic change’.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF), in collaboration with UN Environment, has launched an international New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to eliminate plastic waste at source. The Global Commitment has been signed by 250+ organisations, representing 20% of all plastic packaging produced globally. Signatories include many of the world’s largest packaging producers, brands (including well-known consumer businesses such as Danone, H&M Group, L’Oréal, Mars, Incorporated, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company, and Unilever), retailers and recyclers, as well as governments and NGOs.