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Plastic packaging pact signed by 42 UK firms

Some 42 UK firms including all of the big five supermarkets (Asda, Sainsbury’s,Tesco, Morrisons and Lidl) have signed a pact to dramatically reduce single use plastics by 2025.

The pact aims to make 100% of plastic packaging reusable as well as making sure 70% of plastic packaging is effectively recycled.

The pact was launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and WRAP in an attempt to put an end to the global plastics crisis that is currently polluting oceans and overflowing waste disposal sites.

Dame Ellen MacArthur, founder of the eponymous foundation, said in a statement: “We are delighted to launch this pioneering national implementation initiative with WRAP in the UK. This bold new pact will bring together businesses, policymakers, and the public to create a circular economy for plastics that tackles the causes of plastics waste and pollution, not just the symptoms.

“Focusing on innovation, better packaging design, and end-of-use systems will not only generate long-term benefits for the environment, but is also a huge economic opportunity. We encourage others around the world to help drive this momentum towards finding global solutions to what is a global problem.”

The two organisations are now hoping to start another pact in Chile, and after that they plan to create more pacts across the world.

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