By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao

A total of 250 organizations, including big brands, governments, and NGOs, signed a Global Commitment to eliminate plastic waste and tackle pollution at the source.

The Global Commitment, known as the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with the United Nations Environment. It was officially launched at the UN Environment’s Ocean Conference in Bali last October 29.

Signatories include prolific consumer businesses like The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever, and even major packaging producers.

The objective of the Global Commitment is to create a “new normal” in plastic packaging. This commitment will target different steps in addressing the source of plastic by reviewing it every 18 months and to intensify the efforts over the coming years.

Businesses that signed the commitment will publish annual data regarding their progress to help in the cause and ensure transparency.

The targets are the following:

  • Eliminate any problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and shift to reusable packaging models
  • Innovate to ensure that plastic packaging is 100% safe to be reused, recycled, or composted by 2025
  • Circulate produced plastic by increasing the amounts that are reused or recycled to be made into new packaging or products

Eliminating excess plastics is an essential element of the Global Commitment vision. It will then be easier to keep the remaining plastics circulating within the economy and away from the environment as a pollutant.

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