The Golden Design Rules for Plastic Packaging were developed by The Consumer Goods Forum’s (CGF) Plastic Waste Coalition of Action.
These voluntary, independent, and time-bound commitments outline specific design changes, aligned with globally recognized technical guidelines and the targets laid out in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s (EMF) New Plastics Economy Global Commitment.
One reason why plastic packaging ends up in nature is because of the complexity of the recycling process, which can be complicated by poor packaging design, the inclusion of problematic materials and the presence of excess packaging.
The Golden Design Rules aim to change how packaging is designed in the first place to keep it in the economy and out of the environment. The nine Golden Design Rules provide a clear framework that aims to drive innovation and scalable actions that will result in less plastic packaging overall and easier to recycle plastic packaging by 2025.
In Canada, the implementation of the Golden Design Rules nationally is being led by the Canada Plastics Pact (CPP) which is part of the EMF’s Global Plastics Pact Network.
The nine Golden Design Rules provide a clear framework that aims to drive innovation and scalable actions that will result in less plastics packaging overall and easier to recycle plastics packaging by 2025.
Please note that the information provided here is a general overview of the GDRs. For more detailed guidance and to learn more about the Canadian Guidance, please refer to our available resources.
Resources, templates, guidance and webinars to help you implement the Golden Design Rules for your business.
Summary document of all the Golden Design Rules, produced by the Consumer Goods Forum.
A comprehensive guide to the Consumer Goods Forum's Plastic Waste Coalition of Action (PWCoA) Golden Design Rules.
Version 1 of the Golden Design Rules Canadian Guidance, produced by the CPP.
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The following companies are engaged in supporting and implementing a packaging design program in alignment with the Golden Design Rules, where they are currently feasible or applicable for their company’s packaging portfolio.