The UK Plastic Pact and why it matters

42 of the world’s biggest and most popular brands of food, drink and cleaning products have signed up to reduce plastic pollution in the most ambitious pact yet – the UK Plastic Pact.

The UK Plastics Pact | Together We Can Create A Sustainable System for Plastics

Responsible for the production of 80 per cent of the plastic packaging sold in UK retail outlets, they have pledged the following by 2025: 

  • to eliminate single-use plastic packaging
  • that 100 per cent of plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable
  • 70 per cent of plastic packaging will be effectively recycled or composted
  • 30 per cent average recycled content across all plastic packaging

Marcus Gover, Head of campaign group WRAP, described the Pact as an “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink and reshape the future of plastic … and curtail the damage plastic waste wrecks on our planet”. 

Holly Branson, WE Charity, Canary Wharf College, plastic fishing, Feb18

Holly Branson, WE Charity, Canary Wharf College, plastic fishing, Feb18

With tens of thousands of people across the UK leading the charge, it’s clear that when we work together and use our voice we really can make positive change. These people are calling on retailers to rethink how they use plastic and demanding they provide better consumer choices in their aisles and products, it’s clear that when we work together and use our voice we really can make positive change.

The young people at Canary Wharf College are a wonderful example of driving change; raising awareness of the dangers of plastics through their brilliant ‘plastic fishing’ project – you should give yourselves a massive pat on the back today. Keep up the plastic fishing! 

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