Welcome to the Plastics Weekly, NEO’s regular news monitoring of the plastics industry.
Every Monday, we publish a roundup of the top developments in plastics and sustainability – from regulatory changes to company news.
This week’s highlights:
- The use of new “virgin” plastics by some of the world’s largest brands has peaked and is on track to fall by almost a fifth by 2025, according to The Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Data from 63 multinational companies that signed a global commitment to cut plastic waste – including Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever – shows that total use of virgin plastics has fallen for the second year running in 2020. (Financial Times)
- UK ministers have proposed a ban on single-use plastic cutlery and plates as part of a government drive to reduce landfill waste and pollution. Officials are also examining ways to put responsibility on manufacturers to cut back on single-use plastics. (Bloomberg)
- The U.S. will join talks on a new UN treaty to curb plastic pollution, marking the first official stance on the initiative by the world’s largest plastic waste producer per capita. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) predicts plastic pollution will triple by 2040, adding 23-37 million metric tonnes of waste into the oceans each year. (Reuters)