A coalition of some of the biggest buyers of plastics — and the industry's biggest customers — say they plan to push for a more aggressive global plastics treaty at negotiations in Paris in late May.
The group, which includes Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc., Unilever plc and Walmart Inc., wants to see reductions in virgin plastic production language in the treaty, as well as support for stronger extended producer responsibility laws, reusable packaging and recyclability.
The statements from the Business Coalition for a Global Plastics Treaty at an April 27 virtual briefing shows the ambitious and fluid nature of the talks, particularly with major plastics users endorsing ideas like virgin resin production limits that make many in the plastic industry nervous.
"We're looking at the treaty as an opportunity to bring harmonized legislation forward," said Jodie Roussell, global public affairs lead for packaging and sustainability at food and beverage maker Nestlé SA, speaking for the consumer goods coalition.
One of those areas, she said, would be "in reduction of virgin plastic production."
That's not a new position for the coalition, but Roussell did outline three new areas where the coalition wants the treaty — organized under the United Nations — to take stronger positions in Paris: on reuse and refill standards, recyclability and EPR.
Participants at the April 27 meeting reviewed an April 13 U.N. draft report listing options for the treaty.