In response to the growing pollution crisis due to plastic waste, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) collaborated to establish the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment in October of 2018 which looks to propose solutions and goals to tackle the issue of plastic pollution. Since the inception of the commitment, more than 400 signatories including governments, financial institutions, universities, NGOs, and global companies such as Unilever, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, and Carrefour, have committed themselves to taking action in reducing plastic waste.

Signatories of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment have pledged to reach several goals by 2025. These goals include eliminating all unnecessary plastic components whenever possible, ensuring all necessary and crucial plastic components are completely reusable, compostable, or recyclable, keeping all manufactured plastic within the economic cycle and preventing it from leaking into the natural environment, and to set clear objectives and minimum standards that must be met in an effort to maintain credibility and transparency in efforts to reduce plastic waste.

As the first entity in Taiwan that has signed on to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, the Circular Taiwan Network has translated the commitment into traditional chinese and welcomes the public to download and promote the article. Anyone or any entity who may be interested in becoming a signatory to the commitment or is interested in promoting plastic waste reduction are welcome to directly contact Circular Taiwan Network.

Taiwan can become an important promoter for the movement to reduce plastic waste through a circular economy.

After becoming the first entity in Taiwan to become a signatory for the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment in September of 2019, Circular Taiwan Network has been actively promoting and encouraging corporations and government offices to become signatories to accelerate the initiative. As a whole, Taiwan has proven its capabilities through its effective recycling system and we believe that the country has the solutions and business plans to become an important promoter for the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment.

With the help from volunteers, the Plastics Industry Development Center (PIDC), Renato Lab, and the Science Media Center (SMC), the complete mandarin translation of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment was provided and is actively being promoted. We encourage all practitioners and companies that are interested or looking into signing the pledge to contact us or with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. 

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