Over 250 organisations including numerous world's largest packaging producers, brands, retailers and recyclers, as well as governments have signed and Bangor University is one of 40 global universities to have made this commitment. All businesses that have signed up to the Commitment will publish annual progress data. "We will do our part to ensure that none of our packaging, including plastics, ends up in the natural environment", Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider commented.
Dame Ellen MacArthur, founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, stressed that while plastic clean up initiatives are now needed to protect the oceans, it is also vital to stop plastic pollution at "source".
"We want to help recover plastic equal to the amount we put into the world, through innovative recycling and recovery programs", said Johnson.
Gwen Holland, the Campus waste co-ordinator, said: "Bangor University fully supports the vision for a circular economy for plastics, and is a very proud signatory of the New Plastic Economy Global Commitment. In the next few years people who use our products will be looking for packs that are recyclable or use recycled content, and we will be telling them on the packaging when that's the case".
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Executive Director of Packaging NZ Sharon Humphreys says she hopes this global initiative will lead to a more balanced view of packaging solutions in New Zealand, and, in the continued absence of a national plan for waste management and recycling, provide a platform for local businesses to commit to and measure sustained improvement.
The campaign is led by Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a charity launched by the yachts woman and the United Nations.
Scientists estimate 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced since the early 1950s, with nearly all of it made from non-renewable fossil fuels, and about 60% has ended up in either a landfill or the natural environment.
It is by coming together and using the combined power and expertise of everyone involved that we can make plastic pollution a thing of the past.
Pavan Sukhdev, president of WWF International, added: "The plastics crisis can only be solved with the combined efforts of all key players in the system".More news: Maryland Has Now Fired Head Coach D.J. Durkin
It is also looking at ways of reusing black Tresemme shampoo bottles and getting recycled plastic into Hellmann's mayonnaise bottles.
Work with industry and other organizations to support circular plastic economy models.
The commitments came during the 2018 Our Ocean Conference, held in Bali, Indonesia, and included pledges that by 2025, 100 percent of plastic packaging be reusable, compostable or recyclable, as well as moving away from "problematic" packaging and using significantly more recycled plastic in packaging.
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