Amcor joins new call for a UN treaty on plastic waste

The business case for a united nations treaty on plastic pollution

Amcor joins a new call for a UN treaty on plastic waste, following a recent report from Boston Consulting Group, World Wildlife Foundation, and Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Amcor has embraced a leadership role in the packaging industry to drive fast and tangible progress towards responsible packaging. The company’s contribution is visible through – innovation such as its recent, recyclable retort pet food pouch, collaborating for better policy, and informing consumers about how their recycling practices make a huge difference in keeping waste out of the environment.

That progress at the industry level must continue and gather even more pace. But it must also be matched by a serious, concerted effort by governments to invest in the necessary infrastructure needed to manage waste and increase recycling – of all types of waste.

Experts from the World Bank estimate that nearly 90% of all waste in the environment comes from items other than packaging. That is why Amcor supports this call for a new global treaty – so that clear targets can be set, commitments made, and progress accelerated. Governments worldwide can find inspiration and practical insights from those countries that have already shown leadership in tackling this important issue.

The company’s statement reads, “At Amcor we remain on track to meet our commitment that all our packaging will be recyclable or reusable by 2025. As we advance towards that goal, we will continue to advocate for the policies and infrastructure that will ensure consumers can enjoy the huge benefits of responsible packaging while protecting the environment.”

Currently, more than 11 million metric tons of plastic is flowing into the ocean each year. Despite the exponential growth in voluntary initiatives and national regulations to tackle plastic pollution, there is no sign that leakage rates are slowing. A coordinated global response in the form of a UN Treaty is required to help governments and businesses level the playing field and drive change at scale. There is no time to waste!

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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