Koepala Sign the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

March 14, 2019

Koepala packaging are extremely proud to have signed the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment.

The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment is a wonderful initiative that unites all industries in the plastics value chain from chemical companies to end users. It unites these companies to commit to reducing the amount of single use plastics they use. Therefore helping the fight to stop the tonnes and tonnes of waste plastic from entering the environment.

For Koepala this commitment is what we, as a business, are all about. It is important for us that companies across the spectrum are waking up to the crisis on our doorstep and take action to make a positive and viable change. Koepala Marketing Manager - Ben Holden said: 'By lending our signature to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment we are further emphasising our dedication to innovating sustainable take away packaging'

For more information on our commitments and environmental promises - please get in touch.

Below is the official press release from the team at New Plastics Economy & Ellen MacArthur Foundation:

For the full report please click here: https://www.newplasticseconomy.org/

London, UK

Details of how brands, governments, and other organisations are tackling plastic pollution have been set out side-by-side for the first time, thanks to a new report published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative, in collaboration with UN Environment.The report follows the launch of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, which established a vision to stop plastic waste and pollution at source by applying circular economy principles.

Koepala have joined with more than 250 organisations, representing every part of the plastics system to sign the commitment. Financial institutions with over USD 4 trillion in assets under management have endorsed the commitment. The Global Commitment aims to create ‘a new normal’ for plastic packaging, with signatories committing to:

● 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 volumes of plastic reused or recycled into new packaging.

By providing previously unpublished data and setting out commitments side by side, this report offers a new level of transparency about today’s plastic system and efforts to stop plastic waste and pollution.The decision by more than 30 companies to publicly disclose their annual plastic packaging volumes in the report is an important step towards greater transparency. We encourage all companies that make and use plastics to disclose their plastics footprint. The report shows welcome progress in increasing the amount of recycled content in plastic packaging, and the phasing out of non-recyclable materials. The recycled content targets for plastic in packaging jointly represent 5 million tonnes by 2025.This is the biggest ever commitment to use recycled plastics in packaging and provides clear demand for increased investment in high-quality recycling and will result in a significant reduction in virgin plastics production.However, while improving recycling is crucial, we cannot recycle our way out of the plastics issues we currently face. Elimination of problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging through redesign, innovation, and new delivery models is a priority. Reuse models need to be applied where relevant, reducing the need for single-use packaging. All of this is an explicit part of the Global Commitment vision, endorsed by all 250+ signatories.

New Plastics Economy lead Sander Defruyt said: “The targets and action plans set out in this report are a significant step forward compared with the pace of change of past decades.However, they are still far from truly matching the scale of the problem, particularly when it comes to elimination of unnecessary items and innovation towards reuse models. Ambition levels must continue to rise to make real strides in addressing global plastic pollution by 2025, and moving rom commitment to action is crucial. Major investments, innovations, and transformation programmes need to be started now, to realise the impact by 2025.”Lisa Svensson, UN Environment, Coordinator of the Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Branch, said: “UN Environment is delighted to be working with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to help turn the tide on plastic pollution. Within just a few months of the launch of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment we have seen important progress. The Foundation's work to create a circular economy for plastic aligns very well with our Clean Seas campaign, which has become the biggest global compact addressing marine plastic.”

National-level efforts to put the Global Commitment’s vision into practice include a growing network of Plastic Pacts. These collaborations between government, NGOs, and businesses focus on creating country-specific circular economy solutions to plastics waste. The UK launched the first Plastics Pact in April 2018 and the French pact was launched last month. The Chilean government has announced plans to do the same later this year. All countries are signatories to the Global Commitment. As an endorser of the Global Commitment, the World Economic Forum on Monday (March 11) launched the first national action partnership of the Global Plastics Action Partnership in Indonesia.

The New Plastics Economy will publish a further report on signatory progress inAutumn 2019, and every year following.

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