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China aims to reduce plastic pollution by 2025
On September 13, the State Committee for Development and Reforms, together with the Ministry of Ecological Environment of the PRC, unveiled a plan to combat plastic pollution for the 14th five-year plan (2021-2025).
The Action Plan, jointly issued by the National Development and Reform Commission and the PRC Ministry of Ecology and Environment, details measure to reduce the production and use of plastics, develop alternatives to plastics, and significantly reduce the amount of plastic waste in landfills and its leakage into the environment over the 14 Five-Year Plan.
According to the plan, by 2025, key sectors such as retail, e-commerce, and express delivery should drastically reduce the unjustified use of single-use plastics.
The country will encourage the use of alternatives
The Supply Chain Corporate Due Diligence Act
What is the new law?
There is a growing trend around the world to enact due diligence legislation. In 2017, France became the first country to adopt a national law based on UN guidelines. In 2019, the Netherlands approved a child labor law, and the UK has a Modern Slavery Act. In the United States and Switzerland, legislation has been approved, and Hong Kong and Canada are preparing legislation. IndustriALL Global Union's IndustriAll Europe is calling for a due diligence law at the EU level.
Germany's two ministries - the Ministry of Development and the Ministry of Labor - have joined forces to enact a federal law by 2021 prohibiting child labor, non-compliance with labor laws, and violations of environmental
Sustainable packaging|Features|7 principles to follow
What is sustainable packaging?
Eco-friendly packaging is one that minimally affects the environment during its life cycle. Impact can be assessed in several dimensions:
- How many resources were spent and how dirty the production is?
- Are recyclable and renewable raw materials used?
- Can the packaging be reused?
- Safety for humans. For example, when heated, the packaging should not be distinguished by harmful substances.
- Functionality. Packaging should preserve the appearance and quality of the product, as well as improve its storage conditions.
- Is it possible to quickly manufacture and how much will it cost?