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Reducing the environmental impact of packaging and tackling plastic waste are urgent priorities for us, which we take extremely seriously.
We want to contribute to a circular economy where packaging material is recycled or reused, while minimizing food waste and the overall environmental impact of packaging, including on climate change. To help achieve this, we are working to find solutions to the shared problem of packaging waste – fixing broken processes, policies and perception – in five key ways:
- Make all packaging recyclable and labelled with consumer info by 2025 – around 94 percent of our packaging is already recycle-ready, or designed to be recycled
- Innovate to win by leading the way in pack optimization and material reduction without compromising shelf presence – we’ve eliminated 65,000 tons since 2013
- Eliminate unnecessary plastic where climate change impact is favorable while delivering product safety and quality
- Minimize the climate change impact of our packs as we address the collection and recycling of plastic packaging
- Invest in waste management and increase post-consumer recycled material in all plastic packaging
- Take a leading position in on-pack communication for recycling with transparency and relevancy to consumers’ local context
Inconsistent collection and recycling facilities means that wrappers made of thin plastic film often end up in landfills, communities, or oceans – whether the materials are technically recyclable or not.
Around 50% of our flexible film uses a single type of plastic as either single-layer or multi-layer, so it is recycle-ready. We want to work with governments and the recycling industry to improve waste collection, sorting and recycling systems. For products needing greater protection, we use multi-material films to help prevent food waste, combining plastic with paper or aluminum, or different types of plastic. We’re working with packaging suppliers to identify alternative recyclable films using a single type of plastic as fast as possible to meet our 2025 goal.
Plastic is a highly efficient material which helps us develop packaging that provides the right levels of safety, quality, product protection, and preservation while enabling us to meet our packaging elimination goals. Switching from plastic to other less efficient materials risks creating more food waste, or much more packaging material, with increased environmental and climate change impact.
Better outcomes and impact on waste will be achieved by industry, government and civil society working together to tackle this complex and multifaceted problem.
A sample of highlights on our journey:
In September 2020 together with twenty-nine major global companies, we have singed a business manifesto calling for an UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution. The manifesto asks governments to negotiate and agree on a new global agreement on plastic pollution, saying “there is no time to waste”. This is the first collective corporate action calling on governments to adopt a treaty on plastic pollution. Learn more: https://lp.panda.org/plastic-pollution-report
In August 2020 we have joined the U.S. Plastics Pact, committing to meet ambitious circular economy goals by 2025.The U.S. Plastics Pact is led by The Recycling Partnership and World Wildlife Fund in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
In March 2020 we joined two leading initiatives focused on tackling plastic waste and pollution. We are a signatory of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and we are a participant in the New Plastics Economy Initiative, and a member of the UK Plastics Pact. The initiatives share a collective ambition to address plastic waste and pollution at its source, by moving toward a circular economy where plastic stays in the economy and out of the environment. The commitments advance the company’s leadership role in calling for and participating in sector-wide collaboration to identify and scale up innovation, harmonize packaging formats to make recycling easier and improve waste management infrastructure.Read more on our packaging innovation