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Graphic Packaging International joins Ellen MacArthur Foundation network to help accelerate transition to circular economy

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Graphic Packaging International joins Ellen MacArthur Foundation network to help accelerate transition to circular economy

February 15, 2021 - 06:53
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ATLANTA, Feb. 11, 2021 (Press Release) -Paper-based packaging leader Graphic Packaging International (‘Graphic Packaging’) has signed up to become a member of the world’s leading circular economy network, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

The Foundation states that ‘If the circular economy were adopted in just five key sectors (steel, aluminum, cement, plastic and food), annual greenhouse gas emissions could fall by 9.3 billion tonnes of CO2e in 2050, equivalent to eliminating all transport emissions globally.’

The organization’s mission is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy by keeping products and materials in use and out of waste streams, supporting the environment and protecting it for the future. Graphic Packaging’s innovative solutions are closely aligned with sustainability trends, and the company’s participation in the network demonstrates its commitment to engaging with key organizations and businesses to encourage greater circularity in packaging.

Ricardo De Genova, senior vice president, global innovation and new business development at Graphic Packaging, commented: “We’re delighted to become a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Graphic Packaging has consistently supported brands and retailers to increase their use of renewable and recyclable materials in product packaging. Joining the Foundation enables us to further this work on a greater scale, supporting packaging supply chains as they make the transition towards greater adoption of circular innovation.”

“Joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation is another step in our sustainability journey. Engaging in wider discussions on the circular economy will support our Vision 2025 goals, which include achieving 100% recyclability of our packaging solutions,” stated Andrew Johnson, vice president, government affairs and sustainability at Graphic Packaging.

Founded by Dame Ellen MacArthur, the Foundation sets out to ultimately close the loop and create improved circular economic models to protect the planet. Working across key sectors, the Foundation inspires, educates and acts as a force of change for an economy built on renewable energy and resources.