Amcor is a global packaging company with more than 31,000 co-workers at 195 sites in 43 countries. We develop and make flexible and rigid plastic packaging and folding-carton technology and products. A majority of our sales are to the food, beverage, and healthcare packaging industries. Our products protect fresh produce, snack food, medicine, water, juices, and carbonated soft drinks, among many other products.
We are committed to responsible packaging- packaging made from materials appropriate for the product, and made with the right amount of materials so their contents safely reach their intended destinations. Responsible packaging minimizes waste and is manufactured using best practices.
Our stakeholders include customers, co-workers, shareholders, and the environment. An issue that has increased in visibility recently is packaging waste, including the loss of resources when packaging is not recovered or recycled, and marine debris and litter. We know that today’s practice of making packaging intended for one short use before being disposed of in landfills or worse, in the natural environment, is not sustainable.
As a leader, Amcor is prepared to address the issue of post-consumer packaging waste. Changing the current state of poor waste management infrastructure and lack of recycling worldwide will take new thinking and collaboration. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s report, “New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics,” $80-120 billion worth of plastic packaging material is lost to the economy annually after one short use. Amcor alone cannot transform the current plastics economy- we need to work together to fulfill our vision of increasing the recovery of our products and reducing the negative impacts of packaging waste on the environment.
To achieve a circular economy for plastic packaging, Amcor has engaged with key partners including the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Many of our most valuable customers are also partners in these initiatives; this collaboration permits us to increase coordination in achieving their sustainability goals as well. Through these partnerships, we will achieve a New Plastics Economy- one in which plastics never become waste.