BERRY GLOBAL - AEPW
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Global has its roots in a small, hometown company
in 1967 under the name Imperial Plastics based in Evansville
Indiana. Since then Berry has grown into a global, publicly traded,
multi-billion dollar public corporation.
Beginning in 1988, Berry Plastics Group, Inc. completed over 40 acquisitions and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange in October 2012 under the ticker symbol BERY.
In 2017 they changed their name from Berry Plastics Group, Inc. to Berry Global, Inc. to better reflect who they are.
to their website they understand the importance of not only using more sustainable materials in
their products, but also partnering with organizations that are actively working to increase education, recycling access and recycling rates. Some of the organizations
they work with are:
“Plastics in healthcare, food preservation, agriculture, and an array of other industries, are creating products that help save and improve lives every day. And in terms of sustainability, the impact of lighter weight plastics that require less energy and carbon emissions to produce, as well as growing rates of recyclability and use of recycled resin, these facts reflect how plastics are making a substantial positive contribution around the world.”
Tom Salmon, CEO
Berry Global is a member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste.
ABOUT THE AEPW
AEPW is a not-for-profit organization, partnering with the finance community, government and civil society, including environmental and economic development NGOs. They are working to make the dream of a world without plastic waste a reality. AEPW have a strong team composed of the world’s top minds from across the entire plastics value chain - chemical and plastic manufacturers, consumer goods companies, retailers, converters, and waste management companies. With such a collective, we anticipate good things to come.
Research by the Ocean Conservancy shows that plastics in the ocean predominantly originate from litter on land. Most of the plastic waste is spread through rivers and can be traced back to twelve major rivers around the world, mainly in Asia and Africa. Many of these rivers flow through densely populated areas which have a lack of adequate waste collection and recycling infrastructure, leading to significant waste leakage. Once in the environment, it becomes difficult to capture. The AEPW will initiate actions where they are most needed.
FOUNDATION - The roundtable of alliance members at the founding event on January 16, 2019, in London. Plastics provide health, safety, sustainability and convenience benefits. They contribute to improving living standards, hygiene and nutrition around the world, especially in developing countries. But plastic waste does not belong in our oceans, rivers or anywhere in our environment. There are two challenges at the heart of the plastic waste issue: lack of adequate infrastructure and systems to collect and manage household and municipal waste, and that society does not recognize waste as a valuable resource.
* Denotes membership of the AEPW
We cannot do without plastics in our modern society. They are incredibly versatile, extending the capabilities of mankind. But plastic is getting bad press from a lack of recycling efficiency in many countries where significant quantities are being flushed out to sea via rivers and other coastal dumping.
There is nothing wrong with plastic if it is disposed of carefully. Oil derived plastics are a finite resource and non-renewable demanding special attention, as with the changeover from burning fossil fuels to renewables.
This gives us another good reason to develop a system for making the best use of plastic, and this includes recycling it way more effectively than before. We cannot afford to waste plastic that is in our oceans, and we are talking about at least 8 million tons a year of the stuff going out to sea.
It's easy to dismiss plastics as cheap and nasty materials that wreck the planet, but if you look around you, the reality is that we depend on it. If you want cars, toys, replacement body parts, medical adhesives, paints, computers, water pipes, fiber-optic cables, and a million other things, you'll need plastics as well.
If you think we struggle to live with plastics, try imagining for a moment how we'd live without them. Plastic is pretty fantastic. We just need to be smarter and more sensible about how we make it, use it, and recycle it when we're done with it.
HENKEL - Dr. Thomas Müller-Kirschbaum, Corporate Senior Vice President of Henkel, a founding member of the Alliance, presented the Alliance’s four areas of action and answered questions from the audience about its mission, goals and commitments. The conversation served as an opportunity to explain how the Alliance will be active in the up-stream segment, with a focus on plastic waste prevention and innovative circular design models for plastic packaging.
Since a lot of the plastic items we use are meant to be low-cost and disposable, we create an awful lot of plastic trash. Put these two things together and you get problems like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a giant "lake" of floating plastic in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean made from things like waste plastic bottles.
How can we solve horrible problems like this? One solution is better public education. If people are aware of the problem, they might think twice about littering the environment or maybe they'll choose to buy things that use less plastic packaging.
Another solution is to recycle more plastic, but that also involves better public education, and it presents practical problems too (the need to sort plastics so they can be recycled effectively without contamination). A third solution is to develop bioplastics and biodegradable plastics that can break down more quickly in the environment.
OCEAN CLEANUP PROJECTS
* Boyan Slat's ocean booms
* SeaVax autonomous drones
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