The impact that single-use plastic is having on the ecosystem is undeniable. Not only is the production of plastic packaging and items contributing to climate change, but the improper disposal of plastic is impacting global sustainability. In fact, we have produced 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic since the 1950’s, with that number continuing to rise.
Luckily, some governments are becoming more conscious in creating efforts to greatly reduce these numbers, but not all businesses are following suit. We are far from becoming completely plastic-free, but there are some businesses that are making beneficial efforts to reduce their carbon footprints.
The Swiss confectioner mogul has recently pledged to make all of their plastic packaging completely recyclable by the year 2025. They are determined to ensure that their packaging does not end up in landfills, hoping to increase the recyclability and reusability of their packaging in total.
One of the most influential drink concession companies in the world, Coca-Cola launched its A World Without Waste campaign aimed towards sustainable packaging. With this goal, they plan to recycle one used bottle or can for every new one sold by 2030. With this campaign, they also aspire to increase the recycled plastic content in their bottles by 50%.
The technology tycoon has pledged to make all of their packaging 100% recyclable by next year, 2020. In an effort to reach this goal, the company has already been using recycled ocean plastics, bamboo, and other sustainable materials in their packaging for a few years now. Being a residential-focused company, they want to ensure that their packaging is able to be collected or recycled in the homes of their consumers.
Procter & Gamble (P&G)
The consumer goods corporation recently came out with the first recyclable shampoo bottle for their line of Head & Shoulders. This bottle is made up of 25 percent beach plastic and they do not plan to stop there. The company wants to make all of its packaging recyclable or reusable by the year 2030.
The UK Plastics Pact
The United Kingdom’s Plastics Pact is an initiative that is taking storm to create a circular economy for plastic. It brings together several of the world’s leading companies to take action against single-use plastic. Along with UK governments, businesses globally are making strides to producing recyclable packaging and materials, all while aiming to raise awareness of the detrimental effects from using single-use plastic.