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Retailers sign up to plastics pledge


Burberry, Marks & Spencer and H&M joined more than 250 other businesses and the UK government in signing the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment this week.

Signatories will aim to meet a set of targets to reduce plastic waste and pollution by 2025. Retailers must take action to eliminate unnecessary plastic packaging, move towards re-use models and only use re-usable, recyclable or compostable plastics by 2025.

Environmental sustainability manager for H&M Group, Cecilia Brännsten said: ”There is no single brand that can tackle this industrywide challenge on its own. We must act as one voice and the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment is a big step in the right direction, as it will align business and governments on a common agenda and timeframe.”

She added: ”Signing this global commitment is also another important step in our journey to become 100% circular and renewable in our business.”

Other companies to sign to the commitment include Selfridges, Stella McCartney and Spanish brand group Inditex, owner of Zara, Massimo Dutti and Pull & Bear.

The pact is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN Environment.


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