World political and business leaders have gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, for COP26, a global summit focused on climate change. The name stands for Conference of the Parties, referring to the countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1994. This is the 26th meeting, which is why it is called COP26.
The meeting continues until Nov. 12, so between COP and America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, you can expect a lot of discussions and news releases related to plastics.
Of course it doesn't help plastics' image when debris including bottles and other plastic materials created a "floating island" of rubbish on the River Clyde in Glasgow right outside a ferry converted into a gathering spot for young environmentalists.
Even before the speeches began, Mondelez International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies and other snacks, announced Nov. 1 that it has set a "2050 target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions across its full value chain."
That means supporting more sustainable business from the farms that make chocolate and wheat used in its products to packaging on store shelves. In a news release, Mondelez said it will design 100 percent of its packaging to be "recycle ready" by 2025, reduce overall virgin plastic use by 5 percent and cut the use of virgin plastics in rigid packaging by 25 percent by 2025.