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

Launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment aims to help brands cut down the amount of plastic waste they contribute to the environment. The Global Commitment and its vision for a circular economy for plastic is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment.

"We're heading in the right direction, but we need to look at the whole plastic system in New Zealand and join other countries in adopting a true sustainable economy approach", Eugenie Sage said.

There will be a focus on innovation to ensure all plastic packaging can be easily reused, recycled or composted by 2025.

Organisations including Nestle; The Coca-Cola Company; PepsiCo; Pernod Ricard; Unilever; Danone and Mars, Incorporated, have signed the pledge, and the commitment has also been endorsed by the World Economic Forum, The Consumer Goods Forum and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

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Businesses will publish annual data on their progress.

The United Nations Environment Agency also signed the pact, and the agency's executive director, Erik Solheim, called on companies and organizations to address the "root causes of plastic pollution".

An investigation by Greenpeace's Unearthed published last week also showed how plastic recycling from the United Kingdom and many other western countries has ended up in illegal waste sites in Malaysia as the country has become the world's main destination for plastic waste after China banned most imports of plastic scrap. The foundation said five venture capital firms have pledged more than $200 million toward creating a circular economy for plastics.

The core aim of the commitment - its "vision" - is a circular economy for plastic in which it never becomes waste.

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According to a press release issued by Wellington, New Zealand will be joining 250 other organizations to establish a "new normal" that eliminates "problematic or unnecessary plastics".

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 scheme was set up by the charity founded by British yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur. We want to act and lead by example.

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"I am proud that today we have signed up to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment", UK Secretary of State for the Environment Michael Gove said. They have also pledged to make all plastic packaging recyclable by 2030.

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