Unilever calls for UN treaty to tackle plastic problem

Posted on January 20, 2022 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

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Many governments and organisations are working hard to deal with plastic waste and pollution, but Unilever believes that overall, the problem’s getting worse and efforts aren’t keeping pace. Unilever says we need a UN treaty to truly tackle the issue.

“This trajectory will be accelerated by new commitments that are set to see virgin plastic use fall by almost 20 per cent in absolute terms by 2025 compared to 2018,” Unilever said. 

“But while things are moving in the right direction and gaining momentum, these types of commitments alone aren’t enough. We need to go much further and much faster. 

“Without changes to how nations use, recycle and ultimately reduce plastic usage, we will not fix the problem. We need tough, global action that gets to the root cause. And in some cases, that means moving from voluntary to mandatory measures.”

This is why, alongside more than 70 other businesses, Unilever is calling for an ambitious and legally binding UN treaty – based on a circular economy approach – to tackle plastic pollution on a global scale, similar to how the Paris Agreement put us on a path to tackle the climate crisis.

The plastic waste problem is as large a problem for the planet as it climate change, hence setting a new agreement akin to the Paris agreement is necessary.   But will it gain enough momentum to make this happen?