The New Plastics Economy: Global Commitment - 2019 Progress Report

United Nations Environment Programme ; Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2019)

One year on from the Global Commitment’s launch, we are pleased to present this progress report. It is the first in a series of annual reports in which we aim to assess progress across the signatory group as a whole, highlight leading examples that can serve as inspiration for others, and disclose the progress of individual companies and governments towards a circular economy for plastics. The 2019 report shows promising progress on two fronts. First, many business and government signatories are laying the foundations to scale and accelerate action and have made initial progress against their targets — ranging from concrete plans to eliminate problematic packaging items, to 43 businesses reporting active reuse pilots, changes in packaging design to increase recyclability and initial progress towards ambitious recycled content targets. Second, the report establishes, for the first time, a quantitative baseline that can be used to measure such progress across a significant group of businesses over the period to 2025. These are important steps forward.

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