Started by WWF-Singapore, PACT (Plastic ACTion) is a voluntary, business initiative to eliminate plastic pollution in nature and towards a circular economy on plastics where no materials are wasted.
PACT recognises the integral role that businesses have in the production and consumption of plastics globally, and the need for more accountability for the plastics these businesses introduce into the market.
With growing momentum across the world against plastics, businesses have been looking to take action. However, we need to avoid incomplete or fragmented measures like replacing plastics with materials that can have a higher environmental footprint, or alternatives that might lead to worse environmental outcomes. Under the PACT initiative, WWFs team works with businesses, to provide advice, assistance and helps them take science-based decisions every step of the way.
Objective: to achieve plastic reduction across a sector.
We run roundtables and work with the industry to agree on immediately actionable changes, which lead to reduction of unnecessary plastics and ensuring better management of plastic as a resource.
Sectors we currently work with: Retail, Food & Beverage, Hospitality, E-Retail, Manufacturing, and Food Delivery Service Providers.
As an example, we worked with Zero Waste to get 250+ Food and Beverage outlets across Singapore to drop straws. Read more about it: here
Objective: to champion individual businesses to drastically reduce their consumption and production of virgin fossil fuel-based plastics while contributing to a circular economy.
Each business signs on time bound targets:
Reducing unnecessary & unrecyclable plastics
Committing to source sustainable plant-based or recycled plastics
Net positive collection and recycling of plastics
Moving to reusable or recyclable product & packaging design
Supporting research and conservation projects
WWF works closely with these companies by providing life cycle assessments, aggregated data and best practices from all over the world.
PastaMania is the largest Italian casual dining restaurant chain in Singapore. A brand under the Commonwealth Capital group, Pastamania has signed the WWF PAcT committing to being single use plastics free by 2030. Some of the first steps taken include removal of plastic straws (given out only on request), encouraging customers to reduce use of plastic bags for takeaway orders and sourcing for sustainable options for all plastic materials.
Saladstop! is the first and largest healthy food chain in Asia. 80% of its plastic packaging used is made from recycled PET plastics with aims to reduce the remaining 20%. Saladstop! provides incentives to encourage customers to bring their own reusable packaging and will only provide straws and plastic cup lids upon request.
Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) is dedicated to the management of world-leading zoological institutions—Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo—that aim to inspire people to value and conserve biodiversity by providing meaningful and memorable wildlife experiences.
In line with our mission, we actively champion the fight against the detrimental environmental impact of single-use plastics. To date, we have eliminated plastic straws, carrier bags, beverage bottles, cutlery as well as significantly reduced the use of plastic packaging in our operations.
As the largest hotel operator in Singapore (15 hotels to date) and in line with its Planet 21 Acting Here sustainable development program, Accor is committed to reducing single-use disposable plastics in all properties by end 2019.
Following the WWF PACT signature early 2019, all Accor hotels have committed to ban plastic straws and provide alternative solutions. The group is now also tackling other amenities such as plastic stirrers and cotton buds to be eradicated from all properties by 2020, and to progressively replace other disposable plastics (such as plastic bottles, plastic laundry bags, disposable plastic glasses, individually plastic packaged items, etc) with more ecological options. Accor’s global and regional procurement teams are key to drive this change and help identify greener solutions.
Hilton is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 17 world-class brands comprising more than 5,700 properties with more than 923,000 rooms, in 113 countries and territories.
As part of Hilton’s Corporate Responsibility Strategy, Travel with Purpose, Hilton is committed to halving its environmental footprint by 2030. As its ongoing commitment to reduce waste, Hilton has reduced landfilled waste by 41% across its managed hotels since 2008 and has a focus reducing single use plastics, including committing to eliminate plastic straws from all hotels globally and has removed plastic water bottles from our meetings and event spaces in our Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific regions. More information can be found here on corporate responsibility.
Ramada and Days Hotels by Wyndham Singapore at Zhongshan Park are the only two properties in Singapore as part of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s largest hotel franchisor and a leading provider of hotel management services.
Since opening, both hotels have been implementing various sustainability initiatives and efforts. Most recent initiatives are managing the use of plastics such as straws and stirrers to sustainable options. Ramada and Days Hotels Singapore are committed and proud to support a circular economy, working towards removing plastics from nature and partnering alongside with WWF.
The Lo & Behold Group is a hospitality company that creates, owns and operates a series of timeless, thought-provoking concepts, each with a unique story and a distinct perspective on the cultural-culinary landscape. While each has a personality of its own, the properties are united by a carefully considered sense of place, purpose, design and above all, a commitment to creating awesome experiences by leading sustainable practices in the industry to preserve the environment for the next generations to come.
Home-grown and headquartered in Singapore, the SPA ESPRIT GROUP (SEG) is one of the world’s most unique lifestyle and F&B group. As an unabashed trendsetter, SEG is pleased to be a signatory of WWF’s PACT. We champion quality food in all our restaurants and we recognise that all good food - which starts with quality ingredients, are most certainly impacted by climate change.
As a start, we have eliminated all plastic straws and will be transitioning our takeaway packaging to eco-friendlier options. We are proud to embark on this journey towards a more sustainable future together with all our stakeholders and valued customers.
Kraftwich is your go-to place for a quick healthy and nutritious meal. A cozy café with a menu headlined by its signature gourmet sandwich, Kraftwich is strategically located to serve the needs of the PMEBs. A brand under the Commonwealth Capital group, Kraftwich has signed the WWF PAcT committing to being single use plastics free by 2030. Some of the first steps taken include eliminating plastic straws, charging for plastic bags and BYO discount for coffee cups.
Udders Ice Cream is a popular quirky Singapore brand serving kickasss creative flavours since 2007. Udders is striving to be single-use plastics-free by 2030. Initial efforts include replacing plastic spoons with wooden ones in all outlets island-wide. In addition, all plastic cups have been replaced with paper cups and straws are no longer provided in stores. Cutlery used for in-store dining are all metal.
Annam Pte Ltd (APL) is the parent company of popular Vietnamese quick-service restaurant brands - NamNam, NamNamGo! and COMNAM Vietnamese Street Eats.
As supporters of (WWF)’s P.A.C.T and No Plastic Straws Pledge, it is committed to eliminate single-use plastics in its restaurants. Initiatives in its restaurants include discouraging the use of straws or otherwise offering bio-degradable ones made of polylactide – from renewable biomass (corn etc.) as well as switching out the table-side plastic sauce bottles to glass bottles instead. Customers are also not charged a takeaway fee if they bring their own containers for takeaways.
Tadcaster Hospitality is the umbrella brand for six venues in Singapore, BQ Bar, Bull and Bear, Molly Malone’s, Café Melba @ Goodman & @Mediapolis and The Exchange. Whether it be fun, tranquil, family friendly or ultra-chic lounge the original concepts ensure a memorable experience.
Since late 2017 the removal of plastics straws, only providing paper straws on request, changing take-away packaging to composable, recycling bins for glass bottles and discounts for bringing your own thermos or containers has had a huge impact on our carbon footprint.
Pontiac Land, a Singapore-based luxury real estate developer, is proud to be at the forefront of plastic-free sustainability.
The Group's hotels, (namely Capella Singapore, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, Conrad Centennial Singapore and Regent Singapore) have progressively reduced plastic use, replacing guest amenities with sustainable options. Staff members and guests to also consciously reminded to reduce food waste.
The Group has also formed a Green Task Force, where members actively seek out innovative and impactful long-term solutions.