Food and drink firms pledge to reduce global plastic pollution

Major companies responsible for a FIFTH of the world's plastic packaging pledge to end waste

Big brands including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestle pledge to turn tide on global plastic waste

Plastic is ruining our oceans.

"Ocean plastic is one of the most visible and disturbing examples of a plastic pollution crisis", Solheim said. Reducing the leakage from these five countries alone could reduce plastic waste by about 23 percent, the research found.

Indonesia has the world's highest levels of marine biodiversity.

The core aim of the commitment - its "vision" - is a circular economy for plastic in which it never becomes waste.

Ian Cook, Chairman and CEO of Colgate-Palmolive, and Co-Chair of the CGF Board, said, "The challenge of plastic waste is real and urgent, and best addressed through specific actions that CGF companies can take individually and collectively in partnership with governments, NGOs and the recycling industry". The first center officially opened in Bali on October 28, with all centers planned to be operational by May 2019. To these centres, local waste collectors can convey the plastic and trade it for digital tokens. It will help create more opportunities for people living in poverty and will offer waste collectors an important sense of pride. We turn too many barrels of oil into plastic, and design plastic packaging without fully considering what happens to it after it's used.

The Washington-based environmental group Oceana, for its part, said the commitments are "vague promises" and called on companies to stop using plastics.

"Several members of the CGF are already advancing efforts that are consistent with the goals and objectives of the New Plastics Economy, including efforts to reduce problematic or unnecessary packaging and increase use of packaging that is recyclable or reusable".

In North America, these three brands accounted for 64 percent of all plastic pollution identified in cleanups, according to the analysis.

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It will also expand the number of concentrated refill options for SC Johnson products by 2025.

Ecostore is leading the way, when it comes to encouraging the practice of refilling bottles.

Move from single-use to reuse packaging models by increasing the sales of bulk packs (via refill stations and consumer purchase) with 140% growth in units over 5 years. From 2011 to 2017, the company has removed 9.5 million kilograms of materials from its packaging.

Without action to curb plastic pollution in the oceans, there could be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. "Austin is excited to join forces with other leaders around the world who are united by a common vision of keeping plastics in the economy and out of the environment".

"Putting together these initiatives will support us in making tangible progress towards the Global Commitment by 2025". The products include Shout®, Windex®, Mr. Muscle®, Ziploc®, Glade®, Brise®, Raid®, OFF!®, Baygon®, Autan®, Pledge®, Scrubbing Bubbles® and more.

It is also looking at ways of reusing black Tresemme shampoo bottles and getting recycled plastic into Hellmann's mayonnaise bottles.

But many of those companies were praising what was unveiled in Indonesia.

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