IOM3 joins UK Plastics Pact by WRAP

6 Jun 2019

On 6 June 2019, IOM3 officially became a supporter of the UK Plastics Pact, which is aligned with and supports The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global initiative.

The UK Plastics Pact was launched in 2018 by WRAP to bring together various organisations and individuals in the plastics value chain to change plastics for good. Other organisations signed up include the British Plastics Federation, Boots, Coca-Cola, Defra and RECOUP.

IOM3 CEO Colin Church welcomed this new partnership. ‘Addressing the role of plastic in our society is one of the key challenges we face at the moment.’ he said. ‘As a member of the UK Plastics Pact, the expertise and insight that the Institute can bring will help inform and illuminate the debate as well as enable us to learn from the wisdom of other participants.’

One of the main visions for the initiative is to ensure that in future society lives in a world where plastic is valued and does not pollute the environment. The focus will include:

  • All plastic packaging entering the UK market (consumer, commercial)
  • All polymers and formats
  • All of the plastics value chain represented (resin producer to reprocessing) including citizen and household participation.

By 2025, WRAP will transform the UK plastic packaging sector and help stop plastics polluting the environment by:

  • Eliminating problematic or unnecessary single-use packaging through redesign, innovation or alternative (reuse) delivery models
  • Making 100% of plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable
  • Ensuring 70% of plastic packaging is effectively recycled or composted
  • Achieving 30% recycled content across all plastic packaging.

As part of its commitment, IOM3 has already removed single-use plastic cups and bottles from its own venues and has introduced a recyclable plastic wrap for its member magazines.

For more information on the UK Plastics Pact, visit