Greiner signs call for global treaty on plastic pollution

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Together with 28 international companies we are calling upon the member states of the United Nations to commit to the development of a global treaty on plastic pollution („Business Call for a UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution“).

Every year, more than 11 millions of tons of plastic leak into the environment, and mounting evidence shows this problem will continue to grow unless we fundamentally rethink the way we produce, use, reuse, and dispose of plastic. In the manifesto, the signatory companies call on the UN member states to commit to the development of a global treaty on plastic pollution. The objectives are:

  • The harmonization of regulatory standards for plastics
  • The formulation of national targets and action plans for plastic waste
  • The promotion of plastic-related innovations
  • The development of plastic waste disposal infrastructure

The call of the companies comes in the run-up to the fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5), which is expected to take place in February 2021. The meeting is identified as a crucial opportunity for the adoption of a mandate for negotiations leading up to an international treaty.

Moreover, on 14 October 2020, the environmental conservation organization WWF, the business consultants BCG and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation published a report, which shows what is at stake. Further information regarding the call, the participating companies and the urgency of the topic: is available at: www.plasticpollutiontreaty.org.

Our ambition: circularity!

At Greiner we are working hard to improve the environmental impact of our products and to establish a functioning circular economy. Our goal is to be a fully circular business by 2030. However, to overcome the global plastics crisis, cooperation of all stakeholders is required: companies that focus on sustainable product design, consumers who take their responsibility seriously, and governments that provide the appropriate disposal infrastructure. In this context, it is particularly important to strengthen the waste management systems in emerging and developing countries.

Learn more about our sustainability strategy Blue Plan, or get in touch with us.