The need for the

Un-plastic Collective

The increasing use of plastics and limited recycling has led to an exponential rise in the quantum of plastic waste. Globally, over 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced since the early 1950s and about 60% of that has ended up in landfills or in the natural environment
India generates 9.46 million tonnes of plastic waste annually, of which 40% remains uncollected; 43% is used for packaging, most of which is single-use. However, India has also announced its commitment to eliminate all single-use plastic by 2022, one of the most ambitious targets in the world, across 60 countries that have made commitments to address this issue.
Businesses, in particular, have a vital role to play in this paradigm shift from a plastic dependent ecosystem, towards a more sustainable, circular economy. They have the ability to influence change at the micro and macro level and can help address this issue at every step of the economic value chain, rapidly and at scale.
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The Initiative

The Un-plastic Collective (UPC) is co-founded by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and WWF-India.

The Collective seeks to minimise externalities of plastics on the ecological and social health of our planet. The word ‘un-plastic’ specifically refers to moving all types of plastics in a circular economy and removing unnecessary plastic in the long run, while using sustainable alternative materials.
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Why join the

Un-plastic Collective?

The Un-plastic Collective will help you become part of a global movement for scaling your efforts to minimise the externalities of plastics through time-bound commitments, which are impactful, actionable, accountable and help realise systemic change, foster innovation, and build circularity in the plastics value chain. CII, UNE and WWF-India welcome stakeholders that are interested in being part of UPC.

Champion the Un-plastic cause, demonstrating leadership, while reducing risks by staying ahead of compliance
Understand the business case for eliminating, reusing, recycling and substituting plastics through webinars, newsletters, tools, boot camps, etc.
Member Networking:
Peer-to-peer knowledge exchange to improve the speed and scale of shared solutions
EPR Implementation:
Facilitate EPR best practices; demonstrate pilots to showcase solutions beyond company’s own supply-chain
Global Connect:
Linking with global plastics platforms for exchange of best practices on circularity, science-based material alternatives and innovation models
Technical Expertise:
Access to a consortium of technical experts for translating commitments into action
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Mission & Goals

Eliminate unnecessary use of plastic

Reuse plastics and reduce plastic leakage, circulate plastic within the economy

Reduce and replace plastic with sustainable alternative materials, in the long term

Set time-bound, public commitments to reduce plastic externalities

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UPC is a voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative to eliminate plastic pollution in nature and move towards a circular economy, where no materials are wasted, through commitments translating into meaningful and measurable action.

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