The Global Commitment 2021 Progress Report

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 The third annual report demonstrates clear progress from brands and retailers on reducing virgin plastic use, but more effort is needed to reduce the need for single-use packaging in the first place.

Key insights from the report include:

  • After decades of growth, virgin plastic use appears to have peaked for Global Commitment brands and retailers and is set to fall faster by 2025

  • Progress has largely been driven by recycling, but that is not enough to solve plastic pollution – much more focus is urgently needed on eliminating single-use packaging

  • A large number of businesses and countries are supportive of a global agreement on plastic pollution, recognising voluntary initiatives alone will not be enough

Led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme, the Global Commitment has united more than 500 organisations behind a common vision of a circular economy for plastics. Driven by the goal of tackling plastic pollution at its source, companies representing 20% of all plastic packaging produced globally have committed to ambitious 2025 targets to help realise that common vision. This third annual progress report looks at how these signatories are faring against these targets.


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