Unilever Commits to Recyclable Plastic Packaging

The international company invites collective action from fast-moving consumer goods industry to be fully circular on plastic packaging.

In January, the Dutch-British concern Unilever has committed to ensure that all of its plastic packaging is fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. As part of this, it will publish the full range of plastics materials used in its packaging by 2020 to help create a plastics protocol for the industry. In addition, it wants to “invest 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”. As reported, the concern has already committed to reduce the weight of the packaging as it uses this decade by one third by 2020, and increase its use of recycled plastic content in its packaging to at least 25 percent by 2025 against a 2015 baseline, both as part of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. “In 2015, it achieved its commitment of sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfill across its manufacturing operations,” the corporation underlined.