Joining forces in the growing global movement against single-use plastics, a group of businesses in Singapore have given their commitment to reduce plastic production and use by 2030. As part of PACT (Plastic ACTion), launched by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the companies will offer “target-driven measures to reduce their past, present, and future plastic use”, said a media release today from WWF.
The brands span across industries, from F&B to retail to hospitality, and include names like AccorHotels Group, Hilton hotels (such as Hilton Singapore and Conrad Centennial Singapore), Commonwealth Capital (which oversees Kraftwich, Pastamania, and Udders), Pontiac Land Group (it runs Capella Singapore, Regent Singapore, and other hotels), Ramada and Days Hotels by Wyndham Singapore at Zhongshan Park, SaladStop!, and Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
Supported by the National Environment Agency, the initiative is aligned with WWF’s campaign for “No Plastics in Nature by 2030”, which involves steps like the immediate decrease of plastic use, converting plastic waste to other resources, and instilling a sense of responsibility in producers for plastic waste beyond the point of sale.
For a start, the companies involved will remove unnecessary plastics like bags and straws from operations as part of their short-term measures, followed by collecting and recycling more plastics than they produce and looking into alternatives for plastics as long-term strategies.
According to a YouGov survey in Singapore last year, about 95 percent of local consumers recognized the environmental, health, and pollution problems caused by the excessive use of disposable plastics. Food and food retail industries were also seen as the largest sources of single-use plastics in the country.