US-based flexible packaging supplier Emerald Packaging has signed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment (NPEGC).

As part of this, the company has pledged to reduce its use of plastic across its operations and make all its packages reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

This will see Emerald Packaging company adopt post-consumer recycled resin (PCR) for its food packaging.

By 2025, the company’s packaging is expected to contain 50% PCR in volume by weight.

Emerald Packaging will also make fewer packages from mixed plastics, instead using mono-materials that are designed to offer better stiffness.

This initiative will allow the company to reduce the amount of virgin resin used in its flexible packaging without compromising food preservation qualities or product shelf life.

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In addition, Emerald has signed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s call for a legally binding UN Plastics Pollution Treaty on Plastic Pollution.

Emerald Packaging CEO Kevin Kelly said: “Emerald Packaging wants to play its part in mobilising a shift towards a circular economy for plastics.

“We take tremendous pride to have been welcomed as a signatory, which required making specific commitments to reduce plastic use by 2025.

“We believe we will achieve this goal. This is an important step for our company to help combat the worldwide plastic waste crisis.”

Emerald’s signing the NPEGC is part of the company’s wider sustainability efforts.

The company claims to have introduced the produce industry’s first compostable packaging in 2007.

Emerald manufactures plastic produce packaging in the US, with a focus on fresh produce and bagged salads.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation aims to develop and promote the circular economy by collaborating with businesses, academia, policymakers and other institutions worldwide.

Last March, Kenya-based packaging company Silafrica partnered with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to help develop a circular economy for plastics.