International packaging and paper group Mondi has announced four new commitments to tackle plastic waste as part of the launch of first New Plastics Economy Global Commitment report by Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
By 2025, the company plans to take measures to eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging, replace single-use plastics with reusable models where relevant, make 100% of plastic packaging reusable, recyclable, or compostable, and produce 25% of its plastic packaging using recycled content.
Mondi Group CEO Peter Oswald said: “We believe all packaging must be fit-for-purpose-paper where possible, plastic when useful. Paper is the packaging material of choice as it is naturally compostable and a renewable resource, not just recyclable.
“Mondi, as the world’s leading producer of kraft paper and paper bags, has many innovative solutions to reduce plastic waste. Where the functionality of plastic is needed, we have flexible plastic solutions, which typically reduce the amount of plastic required by 70%.
“The public focus on the impact of plastic waste is a big opportunity for Mondi to lead the packaging industry with innovative paper and plastic packaging EcoSolutions that are sustainable by design.”
In 2017, the packaging firm established its partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and joined the New Plastics Economy initiative last year to eliminate plastic pollution and create 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable plastic packaging by 2025.
The New Plastics Economy initiative offers a single platform to the industry, government, NGOs, scientists, students and citizens to build a more sustainable global plastics value chain.