The plastics problem
The benefits of plastic as a material are well recognized and indisputable. Their use has increased manifold over the last sixty years and is expected to double over the next 20 years. However, their presence and persistence in the oceans, terrestrial ecosystems and urban areas the world over has left all countries grappling with the problem of managing plastic waste.
Globally, and in India, plastic packaging is, and will remain the largest application of plastics. Currently, packaging represents three-fifths of the total volume of plastics consumed in India. Thus, a focus on plastic packaging through its life cycle beginning with design, and progressing right up to its disposal will have a positive impact on the economy, environment, and society.
The solution: Plastics Pact model
The Plastics Pacts model offers a platform to transform the plastics packaging value chain from linear to circular. All Pacts, active in different parts of the world (such as Chile, Poland, South Africa, UK, and USA), operate with the vision of “a world where plastic is valued and doesn’t pollute the environment”. The Pacts bring together stakeholders from across the plastics value chain to implement practical solutions. Each Plastics Pact is led by a local organisation and unites businesses, governments, NGOs and citizens behind an ambitious set of targets to:
The India Plastics Pact
The India Plastics Pact (IPP), the first in Asia, and 12th worldwide, is a collaboration between the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and WWF India. Within CII, the initiative is anchored at the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development. It is supported by WRAP, a global NGO based in the UK and funded by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI). The Pact will be launched on 3rd September 2021 at CII’s annual flagship event, the 16th Sustainability Summit.
Tailored to the Indian context, the India Plastics Pact will provide multi-pronged, systemic, and large-scale solutions, to create a visible impact. The Pact will foster innovation, collaboration and healthy competition. It will,
The high-profile launch of the India Plastics Pact at the Sustainability Summit on 3rd September will make public the targets of the Pact, its founding Members and Supporters. The India Plastics Pact will mobilize a critical mass of Indian businesses, who, by adopting the targets, will lead collaborative action for a circular economy for plastics in India.
To know more about the India Plastics Pact, please visit: https://www.indiaplasticspact.org/