The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Plastics Pact Network is a globally aligned response to plastic waste and pollution, which enables vital knowledge sharing and coordinated action. It is a network of national and regional (multi-country) initiatives which brings together key stakeholders to implement solutions towards a circular economy for plastic, tailored to each geography. Each initiative is led by a local organisation and unites businesses, government institutions, NGOs and citizens behind a common vision, with an ambitious set of local targets to:

  • Eliminate unnecessary and problematic plastic packaging through redesign and innovation
  • Move from single-use to reuse
  • Ensure all plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable, or compostable
  • Increase the reuse, collection, and recycling or composting of plastic packaging
  • Increase recycled content in plastic packaging

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Plastic Pact Network includes national plastic pacts in the UK, France, Chile, the Netherlands, South Africa, Portugal, the US, Poland and Canada. The European Plastics Pact is the first regional initiative to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Plastics Pact Network.

Lessons learnt and best practices are exchanged across regions to accelerate the transition to a circular economy for plastics.

Since the launch of the first plastics pact in the UK in 2018 in collaboration with WRAP, this pioneering approach of mobilising cross-value chain collaboration towards a circular economy for plastics has inspired the development of many more pacts and similar initiatives around the world - both within and outside the Foundation's Plastics Pact Network. While encouraging the development of plastics pacts by others to drive action towards the circular economy for plastics in further geographies, the Foundation actively supports and advises only those pacts that form part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Plastics Pact Network (as listed on this page). Plastics pacts not listed here are not part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Plastics Pact Network, and the Foundation is not involved in them.

The global Plastics Pact Network


Pp Map April 2021

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