The big international retailers show their commitment to reduce the use of plastics

The whole world is worried about the alarm in the use of plastics, which has multiplied by 20 in the last 50 years. In view of this situation, the EC is developing a new legislative proposal to reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment. In particular, the proposal contemplates prohibiting products for which there are alternatives, such as single-use plates and cutlery, straws or sticks and a 25% reduction in 2025 for products that do not have a clear alternative, such as packaging food or bottles.

But not only the governments adopt measures, also the big companies, those responsible for the social impact and the reputation of this issue, are positioned. So, in the last weeks. Nestlé has announced that in order to fulfill its commitment with 100% of its recycled or reusable products in the year 2025, it is possible to stop using all the products that can not be recycled. This measure includes materials as common as PVC (polyvinyl chloride) or PS (polystyrene). For its part, Adidas has committed to use only recycled plastic in 2024. In this line, the German company has declared that its collection of sportswear for the summer 2019 will contain 41% recycled polyester. And another fashion firm, in this case of luxury segment, Chanel, has chosen to participate as a partner in the Finnish company Sulapac, which has developed a new recyclable and biodegradable material in the marine environment to combat plastic pollution.

There are only three examples that illustrate the change of trend towards a circular economy, respectful of the environment, and that opens the way to new substitute materials for plastics. From Sigillum Knowledge Solutions we advise companies in compliance with the international regulation of safety and related health, ensuring that new materials do not present the risk to health.


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