In a press release published on August 25, 2020, Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) informed about the launch of the first-ever national US Plastics Pact collaborative, which now joins the EMF’s global Plastics Pact network, as was announced on August 25, 2020, during the online event Circularity20.

The US Plastics Pact is led by a non-profit organization The Recycling Partnership together with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and in collaboration with the EMF. Its members, currently representing over 60 brands, retailers, other companies, government entities, researchers, and non-governmental organizations, agreed to work towards achieving four specific targets, namely:

  1. Define a list of plastic packaging to be designated as problematic or unnecessary by 2021, and take measures to eliminate them by 2025
  2. By 2025, all plastic is 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable
  3. Undertake ambitious actions to effectively recycle or compost 50% of plastic packaging by 2025
  4. By 2025, the average recycled content or responsibly sourced bio-based content in plastic packaging will be 30%

The EMF’s global Plastics Pact network comprises over 850 stakeholders and includes local chapters in the UK, France, Chile, The Netherlands, South Africa and Portugal as well as a regional European Plastics Pact. The platform’s aim is to drive “ambitious action towards a common vision for a circular economy for plastics, exchanging insights and best practices across countries and regions to accelerate the transition.”

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US Plastics Pact (June 15, 2021). “The US Plastics Pact Roadmap to 2025.”

Ellen MacArthur Foundation (August 25, 2020). “The US launches a national Plastics Pact, supported by all sectors.

US Plastics Pact (August 25, 2020). “U.S. Plastics Pact launches to ignite change toward circular economy for plastic.

ACC (August 25, 2020). “America’s plastics makers support creating circularity for plastics.

Meghan Stasz (August 25, 2020). “The value in trying: Why Consumer Brands chose to sign the U.S. Plastics Pact.Consumer Brands Association blog

Anne Marie Mohan (August 25, 2020). “U.S. Plastics Pact launched to drive circular economy for plastic.Packaging World