Sunday, May 19, 2019

Over 40 companies pledge to cut plastic pollution

Hopefully, other countries and companies will join the UK Plastics Pact and do their part in producing less plastic waste.

More than 40 companies have signed the UK Plastics Pact, pledging that 100 percent of their plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. These companies, the UK government, trade associations and campaigners are all responsible for the formation of this pact.

“Together, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink and reshape the future of plastic so that we retain its value, and curtail the damage plastic waste wreaks on our planet,” said WRAP (a sustainability campaign group) CEO Marcus Gover.

Some of Britain’s largest supermarkets, Coca-cola and Nestle have all given in to the increased pressure to help with the prevention of unwanted plastic pollution. These companies that have joined the pact are responsible for over 80 percent of the plastic packaging on products sold throughout the UK.

Europe already has the highest recycling rate in the world, 30%, with China close behind at 25%. The United States has a dismal rate of 9%. 

Food, drink and packaging companies all over the world are all under high pressure to take action on plastic waste. Currently, 10% of the plastic that we use yearly ends up in the ocean, which has become such a pervasive problem that it is estimated by 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Hopefully, other countries and companies will join the UK Plastics Pact and do their part in producing less plastic waste.

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