Major organisations publish packaging data for the first time in New Plastics Economy report

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The report offers a new level of transparency about the current plastic system and efforts to stop pollution

Details of how brands, governments and other organisations are tackling plastic pollution have been set out side-by-side for the first time.

Major companies including The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive, Danone and Nestlé have published data on packaging volumes in a new report published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative.

It is the first time many of these brands have published their data.

Of the fast-paced packaged goods companies mentioned in the report, The Coca-Cola Company produces the highest amount of packaging at 3m tonnes per year.

Nestlé produces 1.7m tonnes Danone at 750,000 tonnes, Unilever at 610,000 and Colgate-Palmolive at 287,000.

Many of the signatories of the commitment, including L’Oréal, Walmart, H&M, PepsiCo and Burberry, have refused to disclose figures.

Burberry was criticised last year after it was found to have burned £28m worth a stock to prevent counterfeiting.

By providing previously unpublished data, the report offers a new level of transparency about the current plastic system and efforts to stop pollution.

The report follows the launch of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment brings together over 350 businesses, governments and other organisations to keep plastics in the economy and out of the ocean.

Only two global raw material plastic producers have signed the commitment – Indorama and Borealis

The recycled content targets for plastic in packaging for all signatories equates to 5m tonnes by 2025.

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.

“Major investments, innovations, and transformation programmes need to be started now, to realise the impact by 2025.”

Of the major waste and recycling companies signed up to the commitment, Veolia processes 250,000- 300,000 metric tonnes.

SUEZ chose not to disclose the volume of plastic it processes each year, but published its commitment to reach 600kt production capacity of high-quality recycled plastics.

The New Plastics Economy will publish a further report on signatory progress in Autumn 2019.

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