Unilever calls for accelerated industry action on packaging waste

Unilever today called for the consumer goods industry to step-up its efforts to tackle the mounting challenge of ocean plastic waste and create a circular economy for plastics. One year after Unilever made its industry-leading commitment to ensure 100% of its plastic packaging was fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, CEO Paul Polman welcomed news that 10 companies have made similar pledges. He urged more to step forward to accelerate the industry’s progress towards the circular economy and address plastic leakage into the world’s natural systems including waterways and…

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EU Launch Factsheet on new plastics proposals

Questions & Answers: A European strategy for plastics European Commission – Fact Sheet Strasbourg, 16 January 2018 Questions & Answers: A European strategy for plastics Why do we need a European strategy for plastics? Plastics are everywhere but too much of it is used only once before thrown away. It ends up polluting the environment, depriving the economy of a valuable resource. According to estimates, only 5% of the value of plastic packaging material retains in the economy, the rest is lost after a very short first-use. The annual bill…

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EU Launches New Strategy to “protect the planet, defend our citizens and empower our industries”

The first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics, recently adopted, is a part of the transition towards a more circular economy. It will protect the environment from plastic pollution whilst fostering growth and innovation, turning a challenge into a positive agenda for the Future of Europe. There is a strong business case for transforming the way products are designed, produced, used, and recycled in the EU and by taking the lead in this transition, we will create new investment opportunities and jobs. Under the new plans, all plastic packaging on the EU…

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UK Store Iceland Aims To Be Plastic-Free Across Own Label Range By 2023

Iceland, the UK’s leading frozen food specialist, is committing to become the first major retailer globally to eliminate plastic packaging from all of its own brand products by the end of 2023.  The process starts now and Iceland is challenging itself to complete it within the next five years. Iceland’s pledge will be an important step towards cutting down on the 1 million tonnes1 of plastic generated by supermarkets in the UK each year. In its place, Iceland will be harnessing the latest technologies to create a range of packaging…

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Companies cannot get complacent about plastic

This blog isn’t really about the marketing aspects of this, though I think the marketing aspects are touched upon but rather the general ethical viewpoint. Companies cannot get complacent about plastic, no matter how good and ethical they may be at other aspects of their business. Recently Unilever  were once again ranked first in the Personal Products sector of the 2017 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) – a list which calls itself one of the most credible and high-profile markers of corporate sustainability leadership. DJSI assesses and ranks the economic,…

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