Custom-Pak Takes a Strong Stand on Plastic Pollution and Plastic Waste
Mar 27, 2019
In the first-ever ‘New Plastics Economy Global Commitment’ report, Custom-Pak Plastic Products (1997) Ltd has declared our commitment to a circular economy for plastics, where plastics never become waste.
Published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative, in collaboration with UN Environment, the report is a way for major companies and plastics businesses to publicly make commitments and set targets for preventing plastic pollution, reducing plastic waste and increasing the re-use of plastic.
The NZ Ministry for the Environment is one of the 16 government signatories for the report and Custom-Pak is one of only two New Zealand businesses that have participated; the other is New Zealand King Salmon. We’re in good company internationally; other business signatories include Philips, Stanley Black & Decker, Coca-Cola, Tetra Pak and Woolworths.
How will a circular economy for plastics work?
A circular economy for plastics is one where plastics never become waste. It has six characteristics:
- Elimination of problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging through redesign, innovation, and new delivery models
- Re-use business models are used to reduce 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 plastics is fully decoupled from the consumption of finite resources
- All plastic packaging is free of hazardous chemicals
Why have we chosen to be a signatory of the report?
We want to be the most responsible plastics manufacturer in New Zealand and set an example for others to follow. Currently, our products are almost all made from RPET (recycled PET). Now we plan to do even more to reduce plastic pollution and plastic waste.
Custom-Pak’s commitments and targets are shown on page 118 of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment report. Here’s how they read:
100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025:
- Ensure our products meet this standard by 2025
- Make our products recyclable and recycled
- Work with recycling centres and key companies to improve efficiencies of recycling used PET