CAPE TOWN - Twenty South African companies have committed to reducing plastic pollution drastically in the next five-years.
As part of the South African Plastics Pact, these big businesses have committed to redesigning all plastic packaging, to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
Some supermarkets have already implemented packaging-free zones, as the first step towards a South Africa where no plastic is wasted.
Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Spur, Spar, and Woolworths signed the SA Plastics Pact along with brand-owners like Tigerbrands, Distell, Coca-Cola, Unilever, and Danone.
They've committed to create a new, circular plastic economy and reach targets like eliminating single-use plastics by 2025.
The local initiative was coordinated by the World Wildlife Fund in partnership with the SA Plastics Recycling organisation.
The department of environmental affairs supports the pact.
The department is relooking the current plastic bag policy and considering new policies to reduce plastic pollution.