The UN Environment (UNE) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) are the proponents of The Un-plastic Collective (UPC). The Collective seeks to minimise externalities of plastics on the environmental, ecological, and social health of our planet. The word 'un-plastic' specifically alludes to moving of plastics in the circular economy and removing unnecessary plastic in the long run, which, in practical terms would imply the use of alternative materials.
The Un-plastic Collective builds on the outputs of a CEO Roundtable that was held on 30 May 2018, in Mumbai (in partnership with the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, and the Maharashtra State Government). The Roundtable was co-chaired by Mr Erik Solheim, then UNE Executive Director, and Mr Jamshyd Godrej, Past President, CII, and Chairman, Godrej & Boyce Ltd.
UPC complements other global initiatives such as the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment (Ellen MacArthur Foundation) and the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (Industry alliance) which seek to drive global action on managing plastic waste.
Minimise externalities of plastics.
3. Objectives of The Un-plastic Collective
Reduce and replace unnecessary plastic with alternative materials, in the long term.
Eliminate unnecessary use of plastic.
Circulate plastic through the economy.
4. Desired outcomes of The Un-plastic Collective
Commitment by business and government to act on Un-plastic.
Proliferation and cross-fertilization of ideas and practices on Un-plastic.
Substantial contributions to Un-plastic business value chains.
5. Targeted stakeholder groups under The Un-plastic Collective
Investors and other providers of financial capital are a distinct class in this Initiative. Viewed from a holistic perspective, the vision is to channel investment into research aiming at better design and material substitution.
This would include users, producers and manufacturers of plastic feedstock and products, importers, exporters, recyclers, e-retailers, retailers.
Organisations that made commitments on World Environment Day, 2018 (ONGC, Hindustan Unilever India, NBCC India Limited, Proctor and Gamble India, ITC Limited, Cement Manufacturers Association).
Companies present at the CEO Roundtable in Mumbai, May 2018 (Godrej and Boyce, Mahindra, ITC, GCMMF/Amul).
Multinationals with presence in India, such as Unilever, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Dell, BASF, Dow Chemicals.
5.3. Government (national, sub-national, local)
National and sub-national governments (central and state), specific ministries, urban local bodies, municipalities, panchayats.
5.4. Other active partners (e.g. NGOs, associations, academics)
Academics/researchers/designers working to develop alternative materials and innovative technologies that simplify recovering and recycling plastics and better designed products.
Civil society organisations working in policy advocacy and projects on plastic waste management.