Bangor University has demonstrated its on-going commitment to sustainability, by becoming one of the signatories of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment and launched at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali.

Over 250 organisations including many of the world’s largest packaging producers, brands, retailers and recyclers, as well as governments have signed and Bangor University is one of 40 global universities to have made this commitment.

Targets include:

  • Eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and move
    from single-use to reuse packaging models
  • Innovate to ensure 100% of plastic packaging can be easily and
    safely reused, recycled, or composted by 2025
  • Circulate the plastic produced, by significantly increasing the
    amounts of plastics reused or recycled and made into new
    packaging or products

The University already works to put sustainability and the wellbeing of future generations at the heart of its teaching, learning, research and innovation. Its BioComposites Centre is at the forefront of research, development and the commercial application of bio-based alternatives to synthetic materials in manufacturing and industry.

The Sustainability Lab at Bangor University works closely with staff and students on all aspects of sustainability, taking a particular interest in waste management, having recently completed a whole week of Waste Awareness activities.

Commenting on signing this document, the Vice-chancellor, Professor John G Hughes said: “As the VC of a University that’s committed to Sustainability I’m delighted at the opportunity to endorse this latest campaign to eliminate plastic pollution at source and to promote a circular economy approach to production and consumption.”

Gwen Holland, the Campus waste co-ordinator, said: “Bangor University fully supports the vision for a circular economy for plastics, and is a very proud signatory of the New Plastic Economy Global Commitment.

“Whilst plastic pollution has grasped the public’s attention recently, it is vital that we work together to come up with long-term solutions that will not have any unintended negative impact on the environment.

“Eliminating problematic and unnecessary plastic is key, whilst making sure that the plastic we do use, can be safely reused, recycled or composted. If plastic is recycled, it should be of a quality that can be recycled several times, to ensure it remains in circulation.”