Plastic bottle commitment
Global soft drink companies have made their biggest commitment yet to eliminating the use of o throwaway plastic bottles, in a plan presented to the UK parliament. In a report sponsore sponsored by the likes of Danone, Suntory and Nestlé, the compa companies give unequivocal backing to a UK govern government-implemented de deposit and return schem scheme. Their ambition is for fo zero plastic packaging to be sent to landfill or escape into the natural natu environment by 2030, and for packagi packaging to be made entirely f from recycled or renewab renewable materials. It came as the UK govern- ment considers imposing a tax on single-use plastics that could see plastic straws banned by next year.
The companies say they will commit to reducing the volume of plastic used in bottled water and soft drinks packaging and ensuring any packaging material used is 100% recyclable or reusable. They say actions to reduce plastic waste require a systemic approach involving business, government and consumers.
“Leading bottled water and soft drinks companies understand that coordinated action is required to address the challenge of plastic packaging waste from bottled water and soft drinks and to help create long-term sustainable solutions,” the report said.
Annual consumption of plastic bottles will top half a trillion by 2021. Consumers currently buy 1m plastic bottles a minute around the world.