In 2016 the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) created "The New Plastics Economy", an ambitious initiative seeking to push forward the transition from a linear to a circular economy of plastics based on the following 6 principles:

1

Eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging through redesign, innovation and new delivery models are priorities.

2

Reuse models are applied where feasible, reducing the need for single-use packaging.

3

All plastic containers are designed to be 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable.

4

Increase the reuse, recycling or composting of all plastic packaging in the practice.

5

The use of plastic should move towards decoupling from the consumption of non-renewable resources.

6

All plastic packaging should be free from hazardous chemicals and respect the health, safety and rights of all individuals involved.

Building on the above, the EMF launched in 2018 the Plastics Pact Global Network, starting with the UK Plastics Pact. It is subsequently joined by France, Chile (the third country to implement this model globally and the first in Latin America), the Netherlands, South Africa, Portugal and Europe.

These Pacts seek to bring into action the commitment of different stakeholders in the ecosystem, through the construction and implementation of concrete goals at national or regional levels to rethink and redesign the plastics system, starting with product packaging.

While each initiative is led by a local partner, such as Fundación Chile in our country, they all share The New Economy of Plastics’ vision and aspirations.

Find out more about the different Plastics Pacts here