The commitment has been adopted by 290 other organizations including numerous world's largest packaging producers, brands, retailers and recyclers, as well as governments and nongovernmental organizations...
Yet we know that while cleaning up is vital, it does not stop the tide of plastic entering the oceans each year.
The global commitment was "a step-change we urgently need in order to move from a linear to a circular economy" according to Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider.
The new plastic targets build on ecostore's existing quarter of a century long commitment to making its packaging more sustainable - primarily through investing in sugar biobased plastic, increasing recyclability and reducing single use options. Under the agreement, called the Global Commitment, targets will be reviewed every 18 months and will become increasingly ambitious, and companies will be required to publish annual reports.
An estimated 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic had been produced since the early 1950s, with 60% of it ending up in landfills or the natural environment.
"As a business we are committed to addressing both the plastic source and waste issues".
The Oakland, Calif. -based investor advocacy group As You Sow Foundation, which is leading a $1 trillion coalition of institutional investors pressuring companies on plastics use, said it signed the agreement as a supporter but wanted to see more specifics, like calling for producer responsibility to raise recycling rates.
This program, which can be expanded to additional countries, will help reduce plastic leakage into the ocean through creation of an ongoing recycling infrastructure and by incentivizing local waste collectors to join the fight through increased access to needed resources. SC Johnson will continue its effort to make curbside recycling of flexible plastic film such as Ziploc® brand bags a reality in the U.S. SC Johnson is also promoting reuse of Ziploc® brand bags, which are made to be reused many times.
Eliminating problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and moving from single-use to reusable packaging models.
She said the global commitment was "just one step on what will be a challenging journey" but one which could lead to huge benefits for society, the environment and the economy. More than $200 million has been pledged to create a circular economy for plastic.
Julian Kirby, plastics campaigner of Friends of the Earth, an worldwide network of environmental organizations, said: "It's encouraging that more firms and governments are listening to public demands to curb plastic waste and are pledging to act".
The global commitment and its vision for a circular economy for plastic are supported by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and have been endorsed by the World Economic Forum, The Consumer Goods Forum (a CEO-led organization representing some 400 retailers and manufacturers from 70 countries), and 40 universities, institutions, and academics. The company's senior VP of global corporate affairs & sustainability, Miguel Veiga-Pestana, remarked: "Alone, RB will never solve the global plastics challenge".