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Plastic phase-out: Which companies will be most affected?

The use of plastics has come under intense scrutiny in recent months, with the UK Government announcing a consultation on banning plastic straws and cotton buds on 18 April. 

Prompted by headlines such as “More plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050” and “UN commits to stop ocean plastic waste”, consumers and regulators have turned their attention to an issue that has escaped mainstream focus until recently.

Plastics concerns are well past a tipping point of public concern and regulatory action, write Schroders’ Sustainable Investment Analysts Seema Suchak and Elly Irving.  

Public and policymaker interest in plastic waste at historical highs


Plastics manufacturers most at risk

The impacts to date have been relatively modest and focused on narrow areas. While individual plastic products have found themselves in the limelight, the issue spreads much further than carrier bags, micro beads or straws.

We apply a broader lens to the wider plastics landscape, assessing the areas of consumer packaging likely to face the most pressure, the companies that supply those products and the raw materials they contain.

While consumer companies have been most visibly affected by the increased attention, the impacts elsewhere in plastics value chains – among packaging companies and raw material suppliers – are likely to be more intense and disruptive.

We have looked through that value chain to assess potential risks, the companies exposed to them and the steps some leaders are taking. We expect the biggest impacts to be felt by manufacturers of plastic packaging.

To read Seema and Elly's full report on plastics, please click here

To view Seema's video talking about plastics across the value chain, please click here.  


For further information, please contact:


Andy Pearce, Institutional         Tel: +44 (0)20 7658 2203/

Charlotte Banks, Intermediary   Tel: +44 (0)20 7658 2589/

Lucy Cotter, International        Tel +44 (0)20 7658 3365/

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