It’s called “Loop”. A proposal at the Davos World Economic Forum this month would see major manufacturers help in re-use of their products by picking up empty product containers, say from ice cream, or laundry detergent, then sanitise them, refill them, and deliver them back to the consumer.
Vito Buonsante, Plastics Program Manager with Environmental Defence explains the conceptListen
The ways things are going, it’s estimated that the amount of plastic in the ocean will outweigh fish by 2050.
A pilot project is set to start in a small area of France, with other small pilot projects to begin in the U.S. starting in May, and possibly also in London, England, and Toronto, Canada next year followed by Tokyo and San Francisco.
Some of the biggest consumer products manufacturers are on board including Proctor and Gamble, Unilever, Nestle and others.
About 300 products are included in the pilot project which would be purchased online, and when the container is empty, it’s placed in a Loop container on the doorstep where it is picked up shipped back to the company, refilled and sent back to consumer.
Buonsante says it’s a good start but it’s not a final solution. Some plastics cannot be recycled or re-used and in fact approximately 90 per cent of all types of plastic are not recycled or re-used and as mentioned, plastic waste is already a major concern in the oceans.
Buonsante says we as consumers have to move away from single use plastics, as he says, a product we may use only for a few minutes but which lasts forever in the environment. In such a case more involvement by government may be necessary.