Airlite Plastics is proud to announce that we’ve officially joined the U.S. Plastics Pact alongside more than 127 businesses, government agencies, not-for-profits, and research institutions working to create a circular economy for plastics in the United States by 2025. And with Earth Day being this week, it feels like just the right time to not only announce our new partnership but also reinforce the action we’re taking to help our planet and raise awareness about the urgent need to create a more sustainable future.
“The U.S. Plastics Pact will mobilize system-wide change through support for upstream innovation and a coordinated national strategy. This unified framework will enable members to fast-track progress toward our ambitious 2025 sustainability goals,” says Emily Tipaldo, Executive Director of the U.S. Plastics Pact.
By joining a long list of prominent Activators in the U.S. Plastics Pact, Airlite and other organizations agree to these four action items:
1: Define a list of plastic packaging that is problematic or unnecessary by 2021 and take measures to eliminate the items on the list by 2025.
2: 100% of plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025.
3: Undertake ambitious actions to effectively recycle or compost 50% of plastic packaging by 2025.
4: Achieve an average of 30% recycled content or responsibly sourced, bio-based content in plastic packaging by 2025.
At Airlite, we’ve long-been a future-first organization that’s strived for a better, more sustainable future. And now, as an Activator, we’re making an even greater commitment to urgency, transparency, accountability, and progress towards the U.S. Plastics Pact’s four targets each year, using WWF’s ReSource: Plastic Footprint Tracker as a guide.
“At the core of who we are, we believe that doing everything we can to constantly decrease our environmental footprint is our duty. And for many years, we’ve focused our efforts internally. Running our plants more efficiently, utilizing electric machines, lightweighting where possible, reusing our industrial scrap in other divisions, etc. It’s now time to scale our efforts. Joining the U.S. Plastics Pact allows us the opportunity to share what we’ve learned over the last 77 years, to learn from other activators and pass it all along to our customers.”
— Brad Crosby, President and CEO of Airlite Plastics Co.
About Airlite Plastics Co.
Airlite Plastics is a privately held, family-owned and operated manufacturer of performance packaging. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, and founded in 1946, the Airlite product portfolio has expanded to now consist of in-mold labeled and printed containers and lids for the food industry, drink cups, scoops, insulated shippers, permeable pavers, insulated concrete form (ICF) building blocks, beauty packaging and other custom, plastic products. For more information, please visit airliteplastics.com.
About the U.S. Plastics Pact
The Plastics Pact is a global network of initiatives that brings together all key stakeholders at the national or regional level behind a common vision with a concrete set of ambitious local targets. It builds a unique platform to exchange learnings and best practices across regions to accelerate the transition to a circular economy for plastic – a New Plastics Economy – in which it never becomes waste or pollution. For further information on the U.S. Plastics Pact go to usplasticspact.org.