Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Circular Economy is coming after plastics

Lots of people are working on ways to recover plastic from the ocean, but that’s an end-of-pipe solution, dealing with problem after it’s a problem. Instead we need to prevent the problem.

Finally, there is an international agreement called the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment based on the Circular Economy concept. It already has over 250 signatories including major brands and manufacturers. Recognizing that Refuse/Reduce is the first step in Reduce/Reuse/Recycle mantra, they focus first on eliminating single use, unnecessary plastics like straws. Signatories commit to targets and are expected to report on progress.

Six key points define the Global Commitment:
  • Elimination of problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging through redesign, innovation and new delivery models is a priority.
  • Reuse models are applied where relevant, reducing the need for single-use packaging.
  • All plastic packaging is 100 percent reusable, recyclable, or compostable.
  • All plastic packaging is reused, recycled, or composted in practice.
  • The use of plastic is fully decoupled from the consumption of finite resources.
  • All plastic packaging is free of hazardous chemicals and the health, safety and rights of all people involved are respected.

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