The Spring 2019 “New Plastics Economy Global Commitment” report has been compiled by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, with input from the United Nations Environment in relation to the government signatories. Launched in October 2018, the number of business signatories is reported to have grown from 100 to more than 150; together these are said to account for more than 20% of global plastic packaging volumes. The Commitment seeks to unite businesses, governments, and other organisations behind a common vision and targets to address plastic waste and pollution at its source.

If the companies mentioned in the report have already made “initial efforts”, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation calls for more action to eliminate problematic and unnecessary plastic packaging, and a greater shift to reuse delivery models that reduce the need for single-use packaging. The 2025 target includes to reuse models where relevant, reducing the need for single-use packaging; all plastic packaging to be 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable; the use of plastic to be fully decoupled from the consumption of finite resources; all plastic packaging to be free of hazardous chemicals; and the health, safety, and rights of all people involved to be respected.

In the Spring 2019 report, British fashion Group Burberry says is has completed a ‘Plastic Footprint Mapping’ exercise, which identified the use of plastic across all the Company’s activities, including both own branded and transit packaging. Burberry’s roadmap to 2025 includes the elimination of plastic retail bags and poly bags used for garment covers. Other co-signatories from the fashion sector are H&M, Inditex and Ganni. Signatories that joined the Global Commitment shortly before the report came out but do not have an ‘Individual Commitments’ page included in the document include Loewe, and meatpackers JBS and Tyson Foods.