Unilever, founded in 1880, is devoted to ensuring safety and environmental sustainability of its products and manufacturing processes. Unilever has committed to ensuring that all of its plastic packagings is fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025 by calling on the entire fast-moving consumer goods industry to accelerate progress towards the circular economy.
Unilever’s action plan includes designing its plastic packaging as reusable, recyclable and compostable by 2025, renewing its membership of Ellen MacArthur Foundation for another three years and endorse and support their New Plastics Economy initiative, and investing in proving, and then sharing with the industry, a technical solution to recycle multi-layered sachets, particularly for coastal areas which are most at risk of plastics leaking into the ocean. In 2015, it contributed zero non-hazardous waste to landfill.
Paul Polman, the Unilever CEO, said: “Our plastic packaging plays a critical role in making our products appealing, safe and enjoyable for our consumers. We need to do much more as an industry to help ensure it is managed responsibly and efficiently post-consumer-use.To address the challenge of ocean plastic waste we need to work on systemic solutions – ones which stop plastics entering our waterways in the first place. We hope these commitments will encourage others in the industry to make collective progress towards ensuring that all of our plastic packaging is fully recyclable and recycled”.
Complementing Unilever for its efforts, Ellen MacArthur of Ellen MacArthurFoundation said, “By committing to ambitious circular economy goals for plastic packaging, Unilever is contributing to tangible system change and sends a strong signal to the entire fast-moving consumer goods industry. Combining upstream measures on design and materials with post-use strategies demonstrates the system-wide approach that is required to turn the New Plastics Economy into reality.”