Both Berry Global Group Inc. and 3M Co. have revealed plans to take part in specific efforts launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in its fight against plastic waste and pollution.
Berry, the Evansville, Ind.-based plastics processor, is joining the foundation's New Plastics Economy Global Commitment.
That program aims to eliminate plastic pollution and waste at the source and was created in conjunction with UN Environment, an arm of the United Nations.
The global commitment brings together businesses, governments and other groups to create a common vision, according to the foundation.
Companies representing 20 percent of all plastics packaging already have signed on to the commitment. Other members include nongovernmental organizations, universities and industry groups.
"We are innovating our products to encourage recyclability, use of recycled content and lightweighting," Berry CEO Tom Salmon said in a statement.
Berry is pledging to "take action to eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging" as well as making "100 percent of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable," the company said.
Berry also has a "target of 10 percent post-consumer recycled content across all plastic packaging used," and it is looking at increasing the manufacture of reusable packaging.
The company already has commercialized some reusable packaging, Berry said, and will work to continue that approach on new models.
Berry will evaluate all product lines by the end of next year "to determine the best potential markets for reusable packaging," the company said.