Ocean Wise targets plastics in the food and beverage industry

Canadian organization Ocean Wise has launched a new initiative to help eliminate what it calls unnecessary plastics in the food and beverage industry.

That Plastic Reduction Program launching during Waste Reduction Week (October 17-24) and will help companies identify unnecessary plastics in an organization’s supply chain while implementing a viable plastic reduction plan.

In a launch statement, Ocean Wise stated that the world’s top five plastic polluters are food and beverage companies, and that in Canada, six of the top 12 types of litter found on marine and freshwater coasts are food and beverage-related.

Ocean Wise calls the problem urgent and says plastic consumption in Canada is expected to increase to more than six million tons by 2030.

“The Ocean Wise Plastics Reduction Program is an opportunity for companies to access our expertise and take direct action to reduce the use of unnecessary plastic,” said Jeff Wint, manager of the Ocean Wise Plastics Reduction Program.

“We can help companies achieve tangible change, such as: B. Replacing required plastic packaging with an alternative material,” he said.

Ocean Wise hopes to enroll 250 companies across Canada over the course of the campaign and in time for next year’s Waste Reduction Week.

Plastic pollution statistics paint a bleak future for our oceans, and working together is necessary if we are to improve ocean health,” said Lasse Gustavsson, President and CEO of Ocean Wise.

“Through the Ocean Wise Plastic Reduction Program, we will work hand-in-hand with food and beverage companies to help turn off the plastic tap,” said Gustavsson.

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