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The UK plastic Pact

plastic pact

The UK Plastics Pact. has brought together all sorts of different people & organisations with one common mission: to change the way plastic is made and used for good. It’s the first ever pact like this in the world, and is being led by sustainability experts WRAP.

The pact was made possible by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and their new Plastics Economy work, which has set out clear steps to get to a world where plastics are valued and never become waste. The ultimate dream.

By bringing together everyone who uses plastics across the whole chain with the government, and giving everyone bold and ambitious targets to hit, we’re working together towards keeping plastic in the recycling loop rather than letting it turn into litter which pollutes the environment. The pact covers the research and innovation of new packaging which will encourage businesses to rethink and redesign the stuff they put out into the world and proactively encourage people to re-use and recycle our packaging after they’ve finished with it.

4 key targets to hit by 2025:

1. put a stop to problematic or unnecessary single-use packaging through redesign and innovation

2. 100% of plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable

3. 70% of plastic packaging will be recycled or composted

4. 30% will be the average recycled content for all plastic packaging

source: https://www.innocentdrinks.co.uk

Nestlé Is planning to switch to recycled plastic in its packaging

Food companies trying to reduce their consumption of plastic have a big problem — it’s hard to find suitable recycled material. Nestlé says it’s willing to spend more than $2 billion to try and fix that.

The world’s biggest foodcompany said in a statement Thursday that it would cut costs in other parts of its business to free up more than 1.5 billion Swiss francs ($1.6 billion) to buy 2 million metric tons of recycled plastic between now and 2025.

Nestlé said it would be paying above the market rate for the recycled material, part of its strategy to alleviate a shortage of used plastics suitable for food packaging by luring new suppliers into the business. Doing so shouldhelp the company meet its goal of reducing its use of virgin plastics by a third by 2025.

“Making recycled plastics safe for food is an enormous challenge for our industry,” Mark Schneider, chief executive of Nestlé, said in a statement.

“That is why in addition to minimizing plastics use and collecting waste, we want to close the loop and make more plastics infinitely recyclable,” he added

Source: https://ktvz.com/money/2020/01/17/nestle-is-spending-billions-to-create-a-market-for-recycled-plastics/

Adidas FUTURECRAFT.LOOP PHASE 2:

“As soon as we’d received the Generation 1 shoes, we were able to start Phase 2. We collected the shoes, recycled them, kept them in our supply chain and ultimately remade the recycled material into new running shoe components. The material is melted and developed into new pellets, which are heated to form new components including the eyelets and outsole. Virgin TPU material is used to create the remaining components of the midsole and upper. The remade and new materials are fused together to create Generation 2: a running shoe in a blue colourway, that remains one material and is still 100% recyclable for the next generation. So, this is where we are today: launching the next generation of FUTURECRAFT.LOOP and one step closer to a consumer reality – all in the space of just eight months. A first for adidas”.  

https://news.adidas.com/running/futurecraft.loop-phase-2–how-we-re-finding-away/s/43c42bf2-73ca-4ccb-930b-5ac5b6637a76

Adidas unlocks a circular future for Sports with Futurecraft.loop: a performance running shoe made to be remade

adidas strengthens its commitment to tackling plastic waste with the reveal of FUTURECRAFT.LOOP – a 100% recyclable performance running shoe. Together with Parley for the Oceans, adidas introduced in

Source: adidas unlocks a circular future for Sports with Futurecraft.loop: a performance running shoe made to be remade

Ellen McArthur Foundation Initiatives for a circular economy

“In a new plastics economy, plastics will never become waste or enter the ocean in the first place,” said Ellen MacArthur, an ex-sailor who began her eponymous foundation in 2009.

“These winning innovations show what’s possible when the principles of a circular economy are embraced. Clean-ups continue to play an important role in dealing with the consequences of the waste plastic crisis, but we know we must do more. We urgently need solutions that address the root causes of the problem, not just the symptoms.

“To get there will require new levels of commitment and collaboration from industry, governments, designers and startups,” she continued. “I hope these innovations will inspire even more progress, helping to build a system in which all plastic materials are reused, recycled or safely composted.”

thanks to dezeen.com

 

Here’s some useful links:

https://www.newplasticseconomy.org/

https://www.circulardesignguide.com/

https://www.newplasticseconomy.org/projects/innovation-prize

 

 

 

 

Recycled plastic “will soon be the only choice”

A new generation of sustainably minded designers is pioneering ways of using recycled plastic as a raw material, as concern over pollution increases.

For decades, “virgin plastic” has been used to produce everything from food packaging to furniture. But, as the environmental impact of this material becomes more apparent, an increasing number of designers are exploring alternatives. https://www.dezeen.com/2018/02/02/recycled-plastic-only-choice-say-designers/