Plastics Pact

A unique platform that brings together businesses, governments, innovators, NGOs, and citizens on a national level to rally behind ambitious targets and build a plastics system that works.

To tackle the plastic pollution crisis we must move away from the current linear take - make - dispose system. We must fundamentally rethink how we make, use, and reuse plastics, and create a circular economy to stop them becoming waste in the first place.

To realise this ambitious vision, set out by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy in 2016, the Foundation has launched the Plastics Pact – a network of national and regional implementation initiatives. Each of those initiatives will be led by a national organisation and unite local authorities, businesses involved in designing, producing, using, reusing and recycling plastics, as well as NGOs, innovators and citizens, behind a shared global vision based on the principles of a circular economy. Companies involved in the Plastics Pact will make ambitious commitments and work together to achieve those targets to transition towards a New Plastics Economy.

The Plastics Pact is the only initiative of its kind to bring together all relevant local stakeholders behind a common agenda and jointly set ambitious, time-bound objectives. Through this approach the Plastics Pact network will help create a system in which plastics are designed to stay in the economy and do not become waste or pollute the environment.

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While each initiative is led by a local organisation, all pacts share the common global vision of a New Plastics Economy and commit to achieving a set of ambitious targets by 2025 in the following areas:

  • Eliminate unnecessary and problematic single-use plastic packaging through redesign and innovation
  • Ensure all plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable, or compostable
  • Increase the reuse, collection, and recycling of plastic packaging
  • Increase recycled content in plastic packaging

The UK Plastics Pact and The Chilean Plastics Pact are the first national implementation initiatives of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Plastics Pact network.