The damage that single-use plastics cause to the planet has grown exponentially as a result of widespread use in eCommerce, retail, and other industries. In fact, half of the plastic produced annually is for single-use purposes only. And these aren't always disposed of properly, as more than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean each year. Recognizing the danger this creates, it's up to brands within the industry to step up and lead by example to reduce the impact on the environment.
As a dynamic leader not only in the paper industry but also in social, environmental, and economic responsibility, Seaman Paper has taken significant measures to create a more sustainable future. The latest step is teaming up with Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC), an NGO and global alliance working toward a world free of plastic pollution. We are proud to announce a partnership with PPC focused on reducing the amount of single-use plastic used in packaging applications across retail, eCommerce, and other supply chains.
This partnership echoes the goals outlined in our Soft Steps Forward Initiative, which enforces our commitment to manufacturing high-quality products while reducing negative environmental impact, continuously examining and enhancing procedures to improve sustainability performance. As part of this mission, we've been developing reliable paper-based packaging alternatives that reduce the dependence on single-use plastics. One of our recent solutions is a line of durable, transparent, and recyclable FSC®-certified paper bags to protect apparel products throughout the supply chain without sacrificing efficiency or usability.
"As Seaman Paper pursues its own efforts to eliminate single-use plastics with our growing portfolio of paper-based alternatives, we are delighted to add our voice, expertise, and assistance to the important work Plastic Pollution Coalition is doing," said Seaman Paper CEO Ken Winterhalter. "Together as collaborative thought leaders, we believe we will play a significant role in educating businesses and consumers about viable alternatives to harmful plastic packaging, and create positive change for people and the planet."
The PPC is a global alliance comprising more than 1,200 organizations, businesses, citizens, and policymakers from 75 countries. Its mission is to work toward a world free of the toxic impact plastic pollution has on humans, animals, waterways, the ocean, and the environment.
"Plastic Pollution Coalition welcomes Seaman Paper to our global Coalition," said Dianna Cohen, Co-Founder and CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition. "An essential part of our mission is to connect businesses and organizations to companies that can help them reduce their reliance on plastic. The world is simply drowning in plastic, and we are committed to helping businesses and consumers realize that companies can be a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem."
While there's still much to do in our fight to leave a lasting positive impact on our planet, we recognize that it will be a team effort. Teaming with PPC provides us with a greater opportunity to work toward a better future, and we're excited to do so alongside such an organization. To learn more about our other sustainability initiatives, read our 2019 Sustainability Report.