More signatories for New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

More signatories for New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

March 14, 2019
Marcia González

New additions to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment are also the first in their fields to sign up

UPM Raflatac has announced it has become a signatory to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and as a result is the only label supplier among the 350 organizations announcing its sustainability commitments.

“Labels matter when it comes to sustainability in packaging and play a unique role in enabling the circular economy,” stated Timo Kekki, vice present of the Finnish company’s Films division. “Through our commitments, we want to do our part in reducing unnecessary plastic packaging and set concrete targets to create future innovative circular materials.”

“We know collaboration for sustainability is critical,” added Robert Taylor, sustainability director. “That is why we joined with other leaders in signing the Ellen MacArthur Foundation New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. This is one of the most important steps we have taken as a company to develop more circular solutions for plastic packaging.”

Melco Resorts & Entertainment has also signed up, in doing so becoming the first and only hospitality group enrolled in the Global Commitment. The company has stated its aim to reduce the use of problematic plastics and promote a circular economy across its global operations, including at integrated resorts City of Dreams Macau, Studio City, Altira Macau and City of Dreams Manila, as well as its corporate offices and properties in Hong Kong, Macau, the Philippines and Japan.

Melco will remove 100% of single-use plastic bottles at all employee areas by the end of 2019, although by the end of 2020, it plans to expand the scope to guest areas including for amenity kits, rubbish bags, plastic bottles, straws, disposable food and beverage containers and utensils with a concrete roadmap. Furthermore, by mid-2019, Melco will complete the process of identifying non reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging, and further develop an execution plan to address each of these by 2025.

“We recognize plastic pollution is a global challenge and will endeavor to eliminate problematic plastic by placing this at the forefront of our sustainability efforts,” commented Lawrence Ho, chairman and CEO. “As a leading integrated resort operator and responsible corporate citizen, it is our duty to take concrete action by helping resolve some of the key environmental threats facing communities around us, in Macau and beyond. We believe we need to leave our environment in a better state for the next generation and Melco is thoroughly committed to doing its part.”

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