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Good news! Yesterday, 290+ manufacturers (20% of the world’s plastic producers) & 10 countries signed the “New Plastics Economy Global Commitment”, created by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, with UN Environment. Their goal is to 1) Eliminate superfluous packaging and “move away from” single-use (nonrecycled) plastic; 2) Make ALL plastics recyclable, compostable, or reusable by 2025; and 3) Keep existing plastic in circulation longer before it’s thrown away, reusing or recycling it.
These are baby steps, I’ll grant you, but it’s a start (finally). The signatories are listed at “https://newplasticseconomy.org/assets/doc/global-commitment-download.pdf“.
I recommend that everybody who cares about plastic proliferation write/email/tweet the manufacturers who have signed (like Unilever and L’Oreal) to congratulate them and ask for even more; and write manufacturers who have not signed (like Procter and Gamble) to ask them to step up and do the right thing. You would be amazed at how much attention big companies pay to consumers who go to the trouble to contact them with an important issue. If they were flooded with comments from consumers who have committed to going plastic-free, it would actually make a big difference!
Citizens of the world, unite!
I am undertaking some university (UK) research on plastic use. “How can we change behaviour and attitudes towards plastic use. All comments welcome and any info on psychology, education and legislation to change behaviour.
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