Plas­tic bot­tle com­mit­ment

The Guardian Weekly - - International News | Environment - San­dra Lav­ille

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.

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