Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Ahold Delhaize Helping to Eradicate Plastic Waste

Ahold Delhaize Helping to Eradicate Plastic Waste

The global commitment is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN Environment, and backed by environmental charity WWF, governments including the United Kingdom and Scotland, universities, financial institutions and campaign groups.

The pledge by 250 organisations included numerous world's biggest packaging producers, leading consumer brands, retailers and recyclers, as well as governments and NGOs.

Targets include eliminating plastic packaging deemed problematic or unnecessary, creating innovations to achieve plastic packaging that will be 100 percent reusable, recyclable and compostable by 2025, and ensuring circulation of produced plastics to make sure they are re-used or recycled into new packaging or products.

Dame Ellen said: 'We know cleaning up plastics from beaches and oceans is vital, but this does not stop the tide of plastic entering the oceans each year. We can not recycle and clean our way out of this crisis ― we must move upstream to the source of the flow. "WWF therefore endorses The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment as we consider it an important step forward to join the efforts of businesses and governments around the world towards system-wide solutions".

To circulate the plastic produced by significantly increasing the amounts of plastics reused or recycled and made into new packaging or products.

Signatories to the pledge include Danone, H&M, L'Oreal, PepsiCo, and The Coca-Cola Company. The commitment hopes to create "a new normal" for plastic packaging, with targets to be reviewed every 18 months and becoming increasingly ambitious. There will be full transparency, with signatories required to report annually and publicly on the progress made toward reaching their targets.

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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. Five venture capital funds have also pledged more than $200 million to support the initiative. One in which this material never becomes waste or pollution.

Central to the commitment ― and to dealing with this pollution crisis ― is the need to eliminate the plastic we don't need: the throwaway straws, cutlery and cups, the unnecessary packaging and items that can be replaced with better alternatives.

Since 2002 sustainability has been at the heart of Albéa's business strategy - inventing packaging with lower environmental footprint through use of Life-Cycle Analysis software, eco-design guidelines, plastic weight reduction, development of recyclable packaging, use of post-consumer recycled and bio-based plastics as well as partnerships with recycling industries and associations. We want to act and lead by example.

'Most efforts until now have been focused on cleaning up plastic pollution. We see it as critical that ecostore is part of the concerted response to address today's plastics challenge.

Alexandre Ricard, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard added that "for us, the problem surrounding plastics isn't a new one but it feels that we have now reached a tipping point".

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