What is Plas-Pak (WA) doing to save our oceans?

Plastic rubbish will outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050!

What is Plas-Pak doing to save the ocean?

In January 2016, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, at the opening of the World Economic Forum, warned that, unless the world takes drastic action, the plastic rubbish will outweigh fish in the oceans by as soon as 2050.

The figures that it released were shocking.

The report, The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics, was produced as part of Project MainStream, a global, multi-industry initiative that aims to accelerate business-driven innovations to help scale the circular economy. An analysis was submitted that showed 32% of the annual production of plastic is lost to leakage, with the majority ending up in the ocean. The rest of the plastic ends up in a landfill, is collected for recycling or burnt for energy.

Plastic is dumped in ocean at a rate of a garbage truck-full per minute

The part that ends up in the ocean is equal to a garbage truck-full per minute. During January 2016 the plastic in the ocean was estimated at 150 million tonnes.

This report warned that if things continued the way it is, there would be a tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025 (less than ten years from now) and by 2050 the estimation is that there will be more plastic than fish.

Plas-Pak WA Pty Ltd is committed to the objectives of the Australian Packaging Covenant

We, at Plas-Pak WA Pty Ltd, are very aware that every person has a role to play in the conservation of our oceans and the rest of our environment. We could not stand by and conduct business as usual, and in return keep on contributing to these shocking numbers.

We believe that little by little all the small things will add up to a lot, and consequently, we became signatories to the Australian Packaging Covenant, which aims to change the culture of business to design more sustainable packaging, increase recycling rates and reduce packaging litter. It is an agreement between government, industry and community groups to find and fund solutions to address packaging sustainability issues.

By signing this agreement we committed to:

  • designing packaging that is more resource efficient and more recyclable
  • increasing the recovery and recycling of used packaging from households and away-from-home sources
  • take action to reduce the incidence and impacts of litter.

For the past decade, the signatories (of which there are already 900) to this Agreement have been able to achieve a 62.4% increase in the recycling of packaging. The reports are available for download from their website.

If we all take responsibility and work together, we can make a difference.