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Plastic Sustainability

 
Plastic Bag in Ocean

40

Canadian Companies have joined the Canadian Plastics Pact

Plastic Bottles

47%

Of all plastic waste is from plastic packaging

Plastic Bag on Beach

50%

Of plastic packaging is to be recycling or composted by 2025

 

Where Canada Currently Stands

How Much?

In a single year, Canadians generate a over 4.6 million metric tonnes of plastic waste. 

What's Recycled?

Only nine per cent of plastics produced are recycled the vast majority of it accumulates in landfills and leeches into the environment.

What's the Plan?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans for a country-wide ban on single-use plastics like straws, cutlery, and other disposable items by 2021.

 

What are Companies Doing to Help?

With over 40 companies a part of the Canadian Plastic Pact (CPP), Canadian's can expect to see big changes in the future of plastic packaging and recycling rules. Because plastic packaging accounts for 47 per cent of all plastic waste, it is the immediate focus of the CPP’s collective efforts, which will centre around four targets by 2025, according to Canadian Plastics. 

The four areas include:

  • Define a list of plastic packaging that is to be designated as problematic or unnecessary and take measures to eliminate them

  • Support efforts towards 100 per cent of plastic packaging being designed to be reusable, recyclable or compostable

  • Undertake ambitious actions to ensure that at least 50 per cent of plastic packaging is effectively recycled or composted

  • Ensure an average of at least 30 per cent recycled content across all plastic packaging 

"The Canada Plastics Pact (CPP) is creating a circular economy in Canada in which plastic waste is kept in the economy and out of the environment. It is a unique multi-stakeholder, industry-led, cross-value chain collaboration platform which aims to tackle plastic packaging waste and pollution by bringing together businesses, government, non-governmental organizations and other key actors in the local plastics value chain. Canada Plastics Pact Partners are united, working together on achieving clear, actionable targets by the year 2025."

Image by Jonathan Chng
 
 

More About Sustainable Packaging

The market of bottled water is projected to become the largest beverage category by volume worldwide. Such market expansion will come with environmental costs, due to increasing plastics production and increasing bottle leakage in the environment.

 

To tackle the problem consumer purchasing decision can make the difference. With studies conducted through this research, it was discovered that plastic-related sustainability might affect consumer purchasing decisions. Therefore, higher insights can be relevant from a market and policy perspective. 

 

With all studies performed through this research, PET plastics are common and companies are willing to spend more if it means that consumers will purchase more. Right now, however, many individuals are not aware of the types of plastics, therefore that is why this study aims to look into what each individual currently knows and would like to know.

 

Furthermore, recycled materials are dispreferred compared to virgin plastics and information provision seems to help consumers discriminating across different plastic types although it is not effective in increasing willingness to pay.

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via. Pepsi Co.