Every year, an average of 8 million tonnes of plastic enters our oceans. In fact, phasing out single-use plastic bags has been one of the biggest global movements in the early 21st century. Entire countries have begun banning single-use plastics such as plastic bags and straws, and investments in innovative technologies such as The Great Ocean Cleanup have been on the rise.

For those wondering whether companies can really cut plastics without cutting profits, the answer is a big resounding yes. Over 40 companies have pledged to cut plastic pollution over the next seven years by joining the UK Plastics Pact, along with the government, trade associations and campaigners. 

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Coca Cola has stepped up too, proving that businesses can be forced to listen to public pressure and concerns.

Here’s how these companies have decided to tackle plastic pollution:

  • Eliminating difficult or unnecessary single-use plastic packing using better design
  • Making 100% of plastic packaging reusable, recyclable, or compostable (FYI, less than 10% of plastic in Canada actually gets recycled) 
  • Ensuring that 70% of plastic packaging is recycled or composted
  • Including recycled materials in 30% of all plastic packaging

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The Bangladesh government was the first to ban the sale of lightweight bags in 2002. As of today, such bans have been introduced in 69 countries, while 33 countries impose a charge per bag. Meanwhile, only 3 states in the US have done the same. 

It’s time to start innovating. 

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