Ikea and HP to use ocean plastics in supply chains

24 October 2018

Ikea and HP have committed to incorporating ocean-bound plastics into their supply chains.

They are the latest companies to join a consortium aiming to increasing the use of these materials by creating a global supply chain of ocean-bound plastics.

As members of NextWave Plastics, the firms have agreed to source verified ocean-bound plastics from countries including Cameroon, Chile, Denmark, Haiti, Indonesia and the Philippines in a bid to divert a minimum of 25,000 tonnes of plastics from oceans by the end of 2025.

The member organisation was created by Dell, with the support of the NGO Lonely Whale and UN Environment, in 2017 and includes the firms General Motors and Herman Miller among others.

Erik Solheim, under-secretary-general of the UN, said it was “inspiring to see organisations from various industries and market competitors joining forces to innovate and improve the supply chain”.

NextWave said the oceans contained more than 86m tonnes of plastic globally, and an additional 12m tonnes was added every year.

In June, Ikea launched a new sustainability plan that aimed to eliminate single-use plastics across all global stores by 2020. It said it hoped to use renewable and recycled materials in their place.

Meanwhile, HP has been a member of the First Mile Coalition since 2016, which works to clean up plastic waste in Haiti. The company said it has already sourced 250 tonnes of ocean-bound plastics from the country.

Stuart Pann, chief supply chain officer at HP said: “We have a responsibility to take the critical steps necessary to reduce plastic pollution. Collaboration within and between industries is one of those critical steps.”

Lena Pripp-Kovac, sustainability manager at Ikea, added: “Our goal is to make ocean-bound plastic a commodity for the future, and we want to take initiatives to prevent plastic from ending up in the ocean in the first place.”

Last month SM reported drinks manufacturer Carlsberg would replace plastic can holders with glue in its multipacks of lager.

The company said the cans would be joined with small dots of glue strong enough to hold drinks together in transit but which are “easily snapped apart when required”.

Read SM's plastic recycling policy here.

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