Solution Space: The Canada Plastics Pact

Leading Canada’s response to the escalating plastic crisis.

There is tremendous motivation, commitment, and momentum across the entire plastics value chain to solve this crisis.

Cher Mereweather

Managing Director, CPP

Canada Plastics Pact (CPP)

CPP exists to eliminate plastic waste by accelerating and scaling solutions that will keep the right plastics in our economy and all plastics out of people, animals, and nature.

The challenge and opportunity

Plastic waste has become one of the greatest environmental crises of our time. Globally, we’re on course to see an additional 80 million metric tons of plastic going into our oceans by 2040. Action is urgent. The question is how.

Plastics are ubiquitous, complex, and completely embedded in our supply chains. A world without them isn’t the answer. Many plastics offer important benefits that people need- keeping our food fresh, delivering medicine safely. The key is to stop these plastics from becoming waste and pollution.

But our plastic crisis isn’t just about what gets thrown away; it’s also about what gets created and how.

Our approach

No single organization or sector can rise to these challenges alone. The good news is, CPP’s 100+ Partners has convened key players in the plastics ecosystem, including raw material producers, manufacturers, brands and retailers, recyclers, associations, environmental organizations, government bodies, and academic institutions. We cultivate and harness the collective motivation, commitment, and momentum across the plastics value chain to drive change. Together we’re eliminating plastics we don’t need from our supply chains, redesigning plastics packaging, and increasing the use of recycled plastics.

A future without plastic waste and pollution is possible. At CPP, we’re making real progress to get there—as a whole system.

Contact Meg O’Shea, Director of Strategic Partnerships, to learn more: info@plasticspact.ca

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There is tremendous motivation, commitment, and momentum across the entire plastics value chain to solve this crisis.

Cher Mereweather

Managing Director, CPP

Meet our circular plastics economy experts

I’m here because the work we do everyday, has real tangible impact.

Cher is one of Canada’s leaders in food system sustainability. She has dedicated her 20+ year career to enabling companies with embracing sustainability, purpose and circularity in order to create a more resilient food system. Her work has focused on many facets of circularity including circular plastics, food waste prevention, upcycling, regenerative culture and behaviour change.

Before founding Provision Coalition Inc., recently acquired by Anthesis Group, Cher’s career included time with the Guelph Food Technology Centre (now NSF International) where she established and directed the Sustainability Consulting Business Unit, and held several executive positions in environmental economics and policy with the George Morris Centre, a Canadian agri-food think tank. Cher holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Economics and Policy and is certified in both project and change management. Cher has also been the recipient of the Canadian Grocer Generation Next award for her leadership, innovation and excellence in sustainability within the food and beverage industry. Learn more at LinkedIn.

I love that we are enabling competitive businesses to work together on their shared challenges. Maybe we go faster alone, but we go further together!

Meg earned her PhD at University of British Columbia studying the tension we experience between dogmatic instruction for climate conscious choices and our embodied, lived experience in everyday life. Outside of academia, Meg continues to practice and facilitate collaborative approaches to motivate collective action in many areas including the Arts, social-serving non profits, industrial lands, cooperative housing, and economic development.

Meg has over a decade of experience supporting transformation in business for greater economic, environmental, and social sustainability. She is a skilled facilitator, systems thinker, change manager, and team leader. Meg is also an amateur textile artist, an adventurous vegetarian cook, and a lover of spontaneous dance parties.

The power of partnership

The CPP unites diverse leaders and experts in the national plastics value chain to collaborate and rethink the way we design, use, and reuse plastic packaging to realize a circular economy for plastics in Canada. Together, CPP Partners develop, pilot, and scale innovative and bold solutions to overcome systemic barriers.

How do you solve a problem like flexible plastic waste?

A coalition of cross-sector partners is reimagining everything from how these problematic plastics are designed and manufactured to how they get collected, sorted and recycled.

Collaboration across the supply chain is critical to generate the systemic change needed to advance efficient reuse and recycling systems. The CPP and Generate Canada fill a critical gap, fostering the collaboration and innovation necessary to eliminate plastic waste and accelerate Canada’s transition towards a truly circular economy.

Kayli Dale

CEO, Co-Founder, Friendlier Company

Canada has a major role to play in the effort to prevent plastic pollution. The CPP creates a national platform for collaborating with leaders across the value chain to make plastic pollution a thing of the past. The NZWC is proud to contribute to this collaboration.

Craig Hodge, NZWC Chair

Senior Policy Advisor, National Zero Waste Council

We are keen to work together with CPP to advance the elimination of unnecessary and problematic plastics and to support the redesign of packaging to increase its recyclability and use of recycled plastic.

Jennifer Koole

Executive Director, Recycling Council of Alberta

As a long-standing leader in the flexible packaging industry, we understand that adapting to change is key to sustainable success. For this reason, Tempo Flexible Packaging is excited for the opportunity to align with like-minded Partners in the Canada Plastics Pact. Evidence-based data illustrates that mono-material flexibles are a crucial part of a circular economy for plastics. As we lean into this opportunity, we will continue to invest in the internal infrastructure required to provide packaging solutions that positively impact and contribute towards Canada’s goal of Zero Plastic Waste by 2030.

Leonardo Giglio

Optimist & CEO, Tempo Flexible Packaging

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