Global commitment spring report

First Global Commitment report reveals details of industry and government efforts to tackle plastic waste and pollution

In March 2019, the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment published it's first report.

The report follows the launch of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment in October 2018, which established a vision to stop plastic waste and pollution at source by applying circular economy principles.

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.

Major companies including Carrefour, Colgate Palmolive, MARS, Incorporated, Nestlé, SC Johnson, The Coca-Cola Company, and Unilever are publicly disclosing their annual plastic packaging volumes, marking an important step towards greater transparency in today’s plastic system.

Highlights of the report include:

  • Consumer goods companies and retailers commit to increase recycled content in their packaging to an average of 25% by 2025, compared with the current global average of just 2%.
  • Leading businesses and governments will end the use of problematic and unnecessary plastic - including PVC and single-use plastic straws and carrier bags - many of them by the end of this year
  • 40 brands and retailers are piloting or expanding reuse and refill schemes.