Plastics – take, make and dispose

If we carry on as we are, it’s estimated that we’ll need 3 planets to support the way we live.
September 2021
Sacha El Khoury

Sacha El Khoury

Director, Portfolio Manager, Global Equities

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Key takeaways:

  • If we carry on as we are, it’s estimated that we’ll need 3 planets to support the way we live. That’s a stark warning that the dominant linear model of ‘take-make-dispose’ is deeply unsustainable.
  • Plastic pollution is one of the clearest examples of the issues associated with the linear model – the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ is three times the size of France.
  • We need to make a change and transition to a circular economy that’s sustainable over the long-term. As investors we have a big role to play and with people and governments pushing for change, we believe that sustainability and performance potential go hand in hand.
  • Companies like packaging Smurfit Kappa and Packaging Corp provide sustainable alternatives to plastic. And along the way we’ll use our position as an asset manager to drive positive change through engagement.

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Views and opinions have been arrived at by BMO Global Asset Management and should not be considered to be a recommendation or solicitation to buy or sell any companies that may be mentioned.

The information, opinions, estimates or forecasts contained in this document were obtained from sources reasonably believed to be reliable and are subject to change at any time.

Use our handy glossary to look up any technical terms you are unfamiliar with.

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