Graham Packaging Co., Lancaster, Pa., said it recently signed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. The agreement states that by 2025, 100% of Graham’s plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable. The company, which is part of Reynolds Group, joined hundreds of the world’s leading brands in signing the pledge.
“Since its founding nearly five decades ago, Graham Packaging has been dedicated to the design and manufacturing of environmentally friendly plastic packaging solutions,” said Tracee Reeves, head of sustainability and chief general counsel, Graham Packaging. “This new commitment will bring together all of our resources to reduce global waste and help our customers reach their sustainability goals.”
The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment focuses on three actions to achieve a circular economy for plastic to ensure it never becomes waste, Graham Packaging said. The actions include eliminating problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and moving from single-use to reusable packaging models; ensuring 100% of plastic packaging can be easily and safely reused, recycled or composted; and circulating already-existing plastic by significantly increasing the amount of it that is reused or recycled and made into new packaging or products.
Graham Packaging said its global sustainability committee will lead the charge in helping the company reach these goals. The company currently uses more than 100 million pounds of post-consumer resin plastic annually. The Graham Recycling Center recycles 50 million pounds of plastic containers from curbside recycling programs each year.