The Plastics Action Alliance, the recently formed Group that comprises of 11 leading agricultural processing and food businesses in Ireland, have set out their key objectives that aim to significantly reduce the use of plastic packaging.
The Alliance, formed in November 2018, has committed to reducing both the use and quantity of plastic packaging without compromising on quality, shelf life and consumer experience.
It will eliminate unnecessary single-use plastics such as water bottles, straws, and coffee cups from all activities, and it will avoid using PVC in packaging if alternatives are available - all by the end of 2020.
Real & Binding Commitment
“It is important to demonstrate that we have a real and binding commitment to the reduction of the use of plastic across our member companies, who are leaders in their respective fields in Ireland,” Aidan Cotter, the independent chairman of the Plastics Action Alliance, said.
“The objects we have set are a tangible demonstration that the Alliance intends to take meaningful action with the introduction of further sustainable processes across their businesses. Some of the objectives we have set are ambitious, but we are confident that they will be met.”
By 2025, the Alliance hopes to ensure 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging.
It also hopes that by this time that all plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable, or compostable.
The Alliance said it will proactively search for new materials from renewable sources and redesign packaging to reduce the amount of plastic in each pack.
The Plastics Action Alliance is a collaboration that represents significant but different elements of the agri-food sector, including; ABP, Aurivo, Manor Farm, Irish Country Meats, Rosderra, Keelings, Monaghan Mushrooms, Country Crest/Ballymaguire Foods, Nature’s Best, C&D Foods, and Bandon Co-Op.
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