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The U.S. Plastics Pact

The U.S. launched a Plastics Pact in 2020, being the first plastics pact in North America with Canada to follow in 2021. The U.S. Plastics Pact is part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Initiative Plastic Pact Network and is led by the Recycling Partnership and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The primary purpose of the Pact is to have stakeholders rethink the value chain and the way we design, use, and reuse plastic products to reduce plastic waste in our environment and generate a circular economy.

For the businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and research institutions that are pact members, there are four key goals to attain. There is one goal that sets the U.S. Plastics Pact apart from other nation’s:

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  • Ensure the average proportion of recycled content or responsibly-sourced biobased content in plastic packaging reaches 30% by 2025.

In order to verify biobased content, testing using the ASTM D6866 method is an accepted standard utilized for all biobased content claims in plastic packaging.

Measuring Biobased Carbon Content

As biobased products evolve, third-party laboratory testing using ASTM D6866 measurements allow manufacturers to validate biobased carbon content. ISO 17025-accredited lab Beta Analytic offers biobased testing with results available in 7 business days or less. Contact Beta for more information.


Miami-based Beta Analytic is not affiliated with the U.S. Plastics Pact or the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

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This entry was posted on Monday, September 4th, 2023 and is filed under Biobased Products .