“Joining together through the CPP is a diverse group of leaders from across Canada's plastics value chain,” says David Hughes, CEO, The Natural Step Canada, the host organization of the CPP. “While I am impressed by their genuine commitment to achieving a zero plastic waste economy, it is their willingness to break down barriers between each other to scale truly innovative solutions that I find most inspiring.”
Canada is the latest country to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Plastics Pact network, a globally-aligned response to plastic waste and pollution. In line with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s vision of a circular economy for plastic, the CPP facilitates innovation and knowledge sharing, and drives collaborative action and solutions tailored to Canada’s unique needs and challenges.
"By setting clear 2025 targets and working together to achieve them, businesses and policymakers in the Canada Plastics Pact have taken an important step on the journey to a circular economy for plastic, in which it never becomes waste or pollution.” says Sonja Wegge, Plastics Pact Programme Manager, Ellen MacArthur Foundation. “We are delighted to welcome the Canada Plastics Pact in our growing global network of Pacts, and hope to see many other organisations unite behind the vision of a circular economy for plastic that has already brought together more than 1,000 organisations worldwide through our New Plastics Economy initiative."
The immediate next step for the CPP to achieve its goals by 2025 is to develop a roadmap for action. To be fully transparent and ensure measurable action, a CPP progress report will be made publicly available each year.
Together, the partners in the Canada Plastics Pact will fundamentally change the way Canadians use and reuse plastic, while securing a resilient economy that flourishes within nature’s limits.
About the Canada Plastics Pact
The Canada Plastics Pact (CPP) is tackling plastic waste and pollution, as a multi-stakeholder, industry-led, cross-value chain collaboration platform. The CPP brings together Partners who are united behind a vision of creating a circular economy in Canada in which plastic waste is kept in the economy and out of the environment. It unites businesses, government, non-governmental organizations and other key actors in the local plastics value chain behind clear actionable targets for 2025. By aligning with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact network and the New Plastics Economy’s common vision of a circular economy for plastics, CPP Partners commit to fundamentally rethinking the way we design, use, and reuse plastic packaging.
Further information: www.plasticspact.ca | @CanadaPact
About the Ellen MacArthur Foundation
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was launched in 2010 with the aim of accelerating the transition to the circular economy. Since its creation, the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, putting the circular economy on the agenda of decision-makers around the world. The charity’s work focuses on seven key areas: insight and analysis; business; institutions, governments, and cities; systemic initiatives; circular design; learning; and communications.
Further information: emf.org/plastics | @circulareconomy
THE NEW PLASTICS ECONOMY VISION
At the heart of the New Plastic Economy is a vision of a circular economy for plastic, in which it never becomes waste. Each Global Commitment signatory and Plastics Pact member formally endorses the vision and the need to work towards achieving it.
It is defined by six key points:
● Elimination of problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging through redesign, innovation, and new delivery models is a priority
● Reuse models are applied where relevant, reducing the need for single-use packaging
● All plastic packaging is 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable
● All plastic packaging is reused, recycled, or composted in practice
● The use of plastic is fully decoupled from the consumption of finite resources
● All plastic packaging is free of hazardous chemicals, and the health, safety, and rights of all people involved are respected
Read entire vision here: https://newplasticseconomy.org/assets/doc/npec-vision.pdf