Albéa commits to support a circular economy for plastics

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On 28 October 2018, the CGF Board issued a statement acknowledging the need for industry to help reduce plastic waste and endorsed Ellen Macarthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy Global Commitment vision of a circular economy where no plastic ends up as waste.

"We want to help recover plastic equal to the amount we put into the world, through innovative recycling and recovery programs", said SC Johnson. The Foundation and United Nations Environment now aim to take this momentum to the next level by launching the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. By developing sustainable labeling options and partnerships, UPM Raflatac identified how it is supporting brand owners in eliminating unnecessary plastic packaging and moving towards their target of 100 percent of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

L'Oreal, Mars, Coca-Cola, Unilever, H&M and Pepsi are among more than 250 institutions to sign up to a major campaign led by the yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur to tackle plastic pollution at source.

Scientists estimate 8.2billion tons of plastic has been produced since the 1950s. We turn too many barrels of oil into plastic, and design plastic packaging without fully considering what happens to it after it's used.

Steve Rowe, Chief Executive of Marks and Spencer, and Board Co-Sponsor of the CGF's sustainability group, said, "Business has to find a new approach to plastic and make it easy for consumers to use less and recycle more". Big plastic producers like Amcor, Novamont, and resource management specialist Veolia also committed to the pledge. This innovation allows plastic bottles and packaging of any color, transparency or condition, carpet, clothing and other polyester textiles that may contain colors, dyes or additives, and even ocean plastics that have been degraded by sun and salt to meet FDA requirements for use in food-grade packaging.

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Targets under the commitment include eliminating problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and making the shift away from single-use items. This is just one step on what will be a challenging journey, but one which can lead to huge benefits for society, the economy, and the environment. The foundation said five venture capital firms have pledged more than $200 million toward creating a circular economy for plastics.

Continue to invest in responsibly managed renewable sources (sugarcane biobased plastic, now this sits at 80%) across all its packaging between 2018 and 2025.

In its announcement, SC Johnson highlighted a 2015 report by Ocean Conservancy and the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment which found that China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand were responsible for more than 55 percent of the plastic waste around the world that seeped into the ocean.

Greenpeace UK senior oceans campaigner Louise Edge welcomed the positive news that consumer brands are taking note of the groundswell of public pressure for action on plastics.

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