In team-work with vital players such as Borealis and Nestlé, SYSTEMIQ initiated Project STOP in sequence to residence a sustainability issues of a day. Elisabeth Skoda spoke to a company’s materials height associates Julia Koskella and Jessica Stewart about ways to grasp a round economy and a purpose a wrapping attention can play.
Could we give us a discerning overview of SYSTEMIQ’s work and, in particular, Project STOP?
SYSTEMIQ’s idea is to build a world’s heading complement change company, mixing coalition-building, advisory work with colonize institutions, business incubation, venturing, and redirecting large-scale capital. We trust this change to improved markets can clear mercantile value good in additional of US$10 trillion per year, in further to large amicable and environmental benefits. Project STOP was co-founded by Borealis and SYSTEMIQ, and designs, implements and beam round economy solutions to residence sea cosmetic wickedness in Southeast Asia. The 3 pivotal objectives are: Zero steam of rubbish into a environment, recycle some-more plastics and emanate advantages for a internal community.
Project STOP has partnered with attention stalwarts such as Nestlé, Nova Chemicals, Borouge, Veolia, Schwartz Group and SWI as good as informal and internal governments for instance in Norway or Indonesia to build effective and some-more round rubbish supervision systems that discharge steam of plastics into a environment, boost apparatus potency and yield advantages for internal communities.
Launched in 2017, Project STOP supports cities with technical imagination and skills transfer, appropriation and doing support. Insights and approaches are common globally, magnifying impact. The initial plan instituted in Apr 2018 is in Muncar, a coastal area located in Banyuwangi, East Java Indonesia and will enhance to dual additional cities by a finish of 2019.
What would an ideal round economy demeanour like? What technologies are indispensable to grasp this?
The ideal round economy will need usually a fragment of a element inputs compulsory in today’s stream system, and for a fragment of a cost. We would keep materials 100% in dissemination by re-use and recycling and discharge element needs when possible. Resource use would be decoupled from environmental input. Most of a technologies compulsory to grasp this change are straightforwardly accessible today, though they need a enabling policies and financial measures that prerogative certain behaviour. Producers should be rewarded if they submit high-quality, highly-recyclable materials into a economy. Recyclers need guarantees there will be high direct for recycled content. We need some-more investment in breakthrough solutions.
What purpose can a wrapping attention play to assistance grasp a truly round economy?
The attention should lead efforts to pattern re-usable and refillable wrapping solutions, innovate improved materials and wrapping formats, pattern packages for optimal end-of-life liberation value and boost use of recycled calm to expostulate direct for recovery. All of these changes will need partnership along a whole value chain, requiring a wrapping attention to combine with their supply chains, and a supply sequence that deals with post-use wrapping including collectors, sorters and recyclers. This creates fasten coalitions and environment common targets, such as a Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Global Commitment, essential.
The wrapping attention has traditionally focused “upstream” wrapping – design, pre-use – though they have a event to re-imagine their purpose and aptitude in a round economy, also focusing on a “downstream” use phase. Instead of aiming during producing earthy packages, they can consider about providing services and utility. For example, as e-commerce expands, there is an event to rise zero-packaging services that yield end-to-end product protection, transport, and patron information, services that wrapping have historically provided.
How can consumers be speedy to play their part?
Currently, there is a groundswell of consumer movement to revoke a use of plastics. But over elementary recognition of a problem, a pivotal to durability poise change is conceptualizing a complement so that a many convenient, affordable and fascinating movement for consumers to take is also a many tolerable action. For example, augmenting consumer recycling behaviours requires some-more bins, improved labelling and a some-more stereotyped beam to what is recyclable in a short-term, and a change to 100% of wrapping being simply recyclable in a medium-term. At SYSTEMIQ we are vehement about a intensity for re-fill and re-use models for packaging: they can offer a patron an event to buy their favourite products but shopping single-use plastic, and can offer companies opportunities to personalise their offering.
What is your opinion on a problem of wrapping rubbish contra a duty to lengthen shelf life and revoke food waste?
Now that we know how most of a plea cosmetic rubbish is to a oceans and a round economy, we need to discern that cosmetic packages are truly indispensable to diminution food waste, and that are not. Increased volumes of cosmetic wrapping can be driven by other factors too such as brands wanting to mount out on a shelf, convenience, and enlivening multi-buys, that can means augmenting food rubbish as people buy some-more than they need. Although cosmetic wrapping extends shelf life for a series of products, producers and retailers need to inspect their supply bondage and demeanour during where a additional life is unequivocally needed, and where they can make adjustments in a series of days products spend in their supply sequence before they finish adult on a shelf. We can be most some-more fit too: bananas usually need their stems wrapped, not a whole bag, to grasp identical product life spans. The weight of explanation lies with producers and retailers, who are underneath glow to revoke nonessential plastic.
We are also saying fast RD innovations that could do improved than cosmetic from a life-cycle perspective. Paper and card, if sourced sustainably, could reinstate cosmetic punnets for soothing fruits while interesting some-more shocks and augmenting wrapping breathability. Companies like aPEEL Technologies are building organic, spray-on coatings for fruits that extend shelf life with 0 wrapping footprint.
In your opinion, is there a approach to accommodate a flourishing universe race and flourishing vital standards but causing mistreat to a planet?
The UN Sustainable Development Goals and a Paris Agreement yield a horizon for that such a universe could be possible. It is a objectives prisoner in these dual commitments that expostulate SYSTEMIQ and a work we do. We trust that with a right radical innovations, genuine business and supervision commitment, a tolerable destiny could lead to a some-more prosperous, thorough and regenerative universe than today.