Companies want to have a better insight into their use of plastic and are aware of the environmental problems plastic causes. Nevertheless, the emission of plastics into the environment is hardly an issue. An inquiry among Socially Responsible Enterprise experts showed that 83% of companies do not yet report on their use of plastic. This is one of the results of an inquiry that Dr. Karen Maas of Impact Centre Erasmus (ICE) carried out recently.
Together with Dr. Maas, the Plastic Soup Foundation is developing a Plastic Footprint with support from consultancy PwC. The Plastic Footprint will help organisations systematically track their plastic trail. In doing so, they will gain a better insight into the question of how to reduce their use of plastic, how to prevent leakage into the environment and how the reuse of plastic can be improved.
The Plastic Footprint is a standardised method which companies will soon be able to use to see how they score in various dimensions. Companies will not just get a better insight into their own use of plastic, they will also see how their suppliers and customers deal with plastic. The Plastic Footprint is currently being tested in a pilot. Based on the results of this pilot, the method will be adjusted where necessary.
Many companies have no idea how much plastic they use. As soon as the Plastic Footprint has been developed, businesses and organisations will have a tool to deal with plastics better and to provide more openness and transparency on their use of plastic.