Unilever announces new plastic waste reduction plans
21 October 2019
Unilever, owner of brands including Dove, Ben & Jerry’s, and Lipton, has announced ambitious new commitments to reduce its plastic waste and help create a circular economy for plastics.
By 2025, the company aims to:
- Halve its use of virgin plastic, by reducing its absolute use of plastic packaging by more than 100,000 tons and accelerating its use of recycled plastic.
- Help collect and process more plastic packaging than it sells.
Unilever is already on track to achieve its existing commitments to ensure all its plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025, and to use at least 25% recycled plastic in its packaging, also by 2025.
“Our starting point has to be design, reducing the amount of plastic we use, and then making sure that what we do use increasingly comes from recycled sources,” said Alan Jope, Unilever CEO. “This demands a fundamental rethink in our approach to our packaging and products. It requires us to introduce new and innovative packaging materials and scale up new business models, like reuse and refill formats, at an unprecedented speed and intensity.”
Unilever’s commitment will require the business to help collect and process around 600,000 tons of plastic annually by 2025. This will be delivered through investment and partnerships which improve waste management infrastructure in many of the countries in which Unilever operates.
Published by IFT on October 9, 2019
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