Plant Chicago has joined voices with over 250 companies, governments, and non-profits to endorse the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment spearheaded by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with the UN environment.
This Global Commitment to eradicate plastic waste includes many of the world’s largest packaging producers, brands, retailers and recyclers, as well as governments and NGOs. The signatory companies represent a total of 20% of all plastic packaging produced globally! The Commitment aims to create ‘a new normal’ for plastic packaging. Targets are going to be reviewed every 18 months, and become increasingly ambitious over the coming years. Businesses that signed the commitment will ensure transparency by publishing annual data on their progress.
Targets of the Commitment include:
• Eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and move from single-use to reuse packaging models
• Innovate to ensure 100% of plastic packaging can be easily and safely reused, recycled, or composted by 2025
• Circulate the plastic produced, by signiﬁcantly increasing the amounts of plastics reused or recycled and made into new packaging or products Eliminating unnecessary and problematic plastics is an essential part of the Global Commitment vision, and will make it easier to keep remaining plastics in the economy and out of the environment
Read more about the New Plastics Economy and commitment here.
As a non-profit Plant Chicago has not only endorsed the ambitious goals, but set our own. In the coming year we will diver 90% of materials in our programs from the landfill, and partner with our co-located businesses to set equally ambitious landfill diversion goals.