4 – Plastic-free creativity: Will South Korea’s PVC-ban lead to an ‘explosion’ eco-friendly innovation?
As South Korea moved to regulate its plastic waste, experts were questioning if the new regulations would stifle creativity or push cosmetics brands to innovate packaging design in an eco-friendlier manner.
In bid to reduce its plastic waste production by half, and double recycling rates to 70% by 2030, South Korea has enforced regulations banning the usage of hard-to-recycle plastics such as PVC.
This Act is applicable to all products available in South Korea, including local and imported beauty brands.
The Act on the Promotion of Saving and Recycling of Resources was announced back in 2018 by the South Korean Ministry of Environment (MoE) following China’s announced an import ban on 24 types of plastic waste from January 2018.