Unilever to halve use of new plastic

Unilever to halve use of new plastic”

Unilever followed a "no, less, better" plastic reduction strategy, she said, prioritising no plastic use wherever possible and opting for reduced use or replacement materials when necessary.

Unilever has promised that by 2025 it will halve the amount of virgin plastic - plastic that has not previously been used or processed - by reducing its total use of plastic packaging by more than 100,000 tonnes and accelerating its use of recycled plastic.

Unilever has announced plans to halve the amount of new plastic it uses within six years. We are also committed to ensuring all our plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable.

The move, which appears crafted to resonate with younger, more environmentally aware consumers, will require a "fundamental rethink" in the company's packaging policies, said CEO Alan Jope.

On Monday, consumer goods firm Unilever, that sells popular brands such as Lux, Axe, Surf Excel, and Dove, among others, outlined its commitment to eliminate more than 100,000 tonnes of plastic packaging, as well as collecting and processing more plastic packaging than it sells by the year 2025. "Unilever's continued emphasis on collection, alternative materials, and recycled content will not result in the systemic shift required to solve the growing plastic pollution problem", Forbes said.

The company also promised to help collect and process more plastic packaging than it sells through investments and partnerships in developing waste management facilities in numerous markets that it operates.

Hamburger chain Burger King also announced in September that it would stop handing out plastic toys in its children's meals in its British restaurants, saving an estimated 320 tonnes of single-use plastic each year.

It will be achieved by investment and partnerships aimed at improving waste management infrastructure in numerous countries in which Unilever operates.

Since then, the company has introduced shampoo bars, refillable toothpaste tablets, cardboard deodorant sticks, and bamboo toothbrushes.

Swiss group Nestle has made a similar pledge to the one by Unilever, saying that it will make all of its packaging reusable or recyclable, and raising to 35 per cent the proportion of its plastic bottles that is made of recycled material.

Established in 1929, Unilever owns more than 400 consumer brands and reported sales of $56 billion a year ago. "This is a daunting but exciting task which will help drive global demand for recycled plastics". It has also introduced detectable pigment in its black plastics for brands including Aex and TRESemme.

Since 2017, Unilever has been working on new ways of packaging and delivering its products, including concentrates and refill stations for shampoo and laundry detergent in shops, universities and mobile vending in south east Asia.

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