Unilever pledge to make all plastic packaging 100% recyclable

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Unilever, reveal their plan to ensure all of its plastic packaging will be fully recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025.

The worldwide manufacturer has also revealed that they will be researching technical solutions to recycling multi-layered sachets and will share the results with the rest of the industry.

With a commitment to reduce the weight of its packaging by 2020 and increase the use of recycled plastic content within its packaging by at least 25% by 2025, Unilever is ensuring their position as a forward-thinking business within the plastic recycling world.

Unilever, Paul Polam, Chief Executive, said:

“Our plastic packaging plays a critical role in making our products appealing, safe and enjoyable for consumers. Yet it is clear that, if we want to continue to reap the benefits of this versatile material, we need to do much more as an industry to help ensure it is managed responsibly and efficiently post-consumer use.

“We also need to work in partnership with governments and other stakeholders to support the development and scaling up of collection and reprocessing infrastructure which is so critical in the transition towards a circular economy (CE). Ultimately, we want all of the industry’s plastic packaging to be fully circular.”

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation reported that just 14% of plastic packaging reaches recycling plants, 40% goes to landfill while a third ends up in ”fragile ecosystems”.

Ellen MacArthur commented: “By committing to ambitious CE goals for plastic packaging, Unilever is contributing to tangible system change and sends a strong signal to the entire fast-moving consumer goods industry.”

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