Six years in, we are reflecting on the impact and progress of the Plastics Pacts Network, featuring lessons learned in demonstrating action to combat waste and plastic pollution.

Our Plastics Pacts - Scaling impact executive summary highlights the hero messages from our full report that will be available in June.

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A proven model for tackling plastic pollution

The way that we currently produce and use plastics poses a major risk to people and the planet. The Plastics Pact Network is a globally coordinated response to this world-wide problem. Plastic Pacts have achieved the elimination of over 360,000 tonnes of problematic and unnecessary plastics, meaning that billions of items have been removed from circulation.

As the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee assembles in Ottawa, we are highlighting the impact of The Plastics Pact Network. This global network convened by WRAP and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, stands as a globally aligned response to plastic waste and pollution and serves as a vital mechanism for nations to fulfill their obligations under the forthcoming Global Treaty to End Plastic Pollution.

Our network's work, rooted in a Blueprint for collaborative systems change, now spans every continent, engaging 18 countries and over 900 local and global organisations. 

Six years in, we have a proven model for tackling plastic pollution. In some countries, rates of recycled plastic in packaging have tripled. Thanks to Plastics Pacts, billions of items using problematic or unnecessary plastic have been eliminated.

Diagram showing the impact of the Plastics Pact network


While this progress is significant, some challenges are systemic and require the broader scope of a Global Plastics Treaty to address effectively. Our briefing for policymakers contains a summary of our policy recommendations.

Here's what we've learned

  • Proven Impact - Plastics Pacts have proven to be an effective model for delivering impact. Thanks to them, tens of billions of problematic or unnecessary plastic items have been eliminated, avoided and redesigned, showcasing significant achievements at national, regional, and global levels in a short timeframe.
  • Complementary Action - while the Plastics Pact Network demonstrates the swift and impressive impact that can be achieved through collaborative voluntary action, there is a need for additional and more ambitious, binding policy measures, as well as accelerated voluntary business action.
    Inform and Enable Global Commitments - Plastics Pacts are uniquely placed to inform and fulfil on Global Plastics Treaty commitments, at pace. With additional funding, they are ready to be scaled up contributing significantly to the treaty's success.

For more detail on these critical findings, download the executive summary above and sign up below for a first view of our full report.

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The full report with detailed analysis and supporting case studies will be published in June 2024. Please fill in the form below to be notified when it is published.


What's next?

Looking ahead, the Plastic Pact Network is committed to scaling up impact through 2030 and beyond.

With an ambitious Global Treaty, renewed business support, and additional investment, we believe the Plastics Network can play a pivotal role in ending plastic pollution. 

Together, we can. 

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  • Plastics Pact Policy Briefing

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