The U.S. Plastics Pact, also known as “U.S. Pact”, is a consortium led by The Recycling Partnership and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact Network, officially launched in August 2020. The aim is to redesign the way the United States uses plastics so that they don’t become waste in the first place. For this reason, the Global Commitment was created, setting ambitious circular economy goals until 2025.
The U.S. Pact is aligned on four specific 2025 targets:
- Define a list of packaging to be designated as problematic or unnecessary by 2021 and take measures to eliminate them by 2025.
- 100% of plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025.
- By 2025, undertake ambitious actions to effectively recycle or compost 50% of plastic packaging.
- By 2025, the average recycled content or responsibly sourced bio-based content in plastic packaging will be 30%.
Four years afar from these goals, US Plastics Pact introduced a new “Roadmap to 2025” supported by nearly 100 organizations. The Roadmap focuses on the key outcomes for each target with corresponding actions and timelines. It was developed by the US Pact founding signatories (known as Activators), which include over 60 of the world’s largest CPG companies and retailers.
Kwik Lok, Amcor, Clorox, Danimer Scientific and many other companies have already made their commitments towards the Roadmap and set their own priorities. The Clorox Company announced the elimination of waste from packaging as its top priority, while Kwik Lok has committed to innovate materials used in their products, champion sustainable resource use with their suppliers and drive decrease in food waste.
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