FMI Joins U.S. Plastics Pact

More than 70 brands, government agencies, retailers and NGOs have partnered to find solutions for plastics.

August 31, 2020

ARLINGTON, Va.—The Food Industry Association (FMI) has joined the U.S. Plastics Pact, a coalition of more than 70 brands, government agencies, NGOs and retailers throughout the plastics value chain, Progressive Grocer reports.

The pact aims to find plastics solutions for the United States by 2025. The collaboration is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, The Recycling Partnership and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Upon joining the group, FMI acknowledged major, systemwide change is needed to put in place a circular plastics economy.

“We look forward to helping to identify realistic goals for these ambitious targets, especially as 41% of our members already report having clear objectives and implementation timeframes for package waste reduction,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO of FMI.

Added Sarasin, “It is particularly important we consider goals for sustainable operations together during the ongoing pandemic, with changing government requirements, material availability and consumer behavior challenging the packaging environment.”

As a founding activator of the U.S. Plastics Pact, FMI will collectively work toward the following goals:

  • Define a list of packaging to be designated as problematic or unnecessary by 2021 and take measures to eliminate them by 2025.
  • By 2025, all plastic packaging is 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable.
  • By 2025, undertake ambitious actions to effectively recycle or compost 50% of plastic packaging.
  • By 2025, the average recycled content or responsibly sourced bio-based content in plastic packaging will be 30%.

While the U.S. pact complements and follows the precedents set by the existing global network of Plastic Pacts, it will be tailored to meet the unique needs and challenges of the U.S. market. The pact will reflect national priorities and realities, while still propelling the nation closer to other developed nations in its management of plastic waste.

Read more about “The New Plastics Economy” in the September 2019 issue of NACS Magazine.