Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Mondelēz International accelerates plastic waste reduction efforts

Snack food company, Mondelēz International, is accelerating its plastic waste reduction efforts by joining two major sustainability initiatives.

In becoming a signatory of both the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, and a participant in the New Plastics Economy Initiative, and a member of WRAP’s UK Plastics Pact, the company is doubling down on its zero-net waste packaging ambition.

As part of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, Mondelēz International will work towards the following eliminating problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging by 2025; making 100% of its plastic packaging reusable or recyclable; use 5% recycled content across all packaging used, and move away from single-use towards reuse models where relevant.

As a member of the UK Plastics Pact, which is the first in a global network of Pacts which are aligned with, and support the New Plastics Economy initiative, Mondelēz International commits to working towards delivering the UK Plastics Pact 2025 targets.

These include eliminating unnecessary and problematic packaging and plastic products; ensuring all plastic packaging is recyclable in practice, and sing recycled plastic in our packaging wherever possible.

As part of a long-term commitment to reduce environmental impact, the company set 2025 packaging innovation targets to ensure 100% of packaging is designed to be recycled, contains on-pack recycling information and contributes to the company’s commitment to reduce CO2 emissions.

Today, 93% of the company’s total packaging, including both plastic and non-plastic, is designed to be recycled.

Moreover, the company is calling for and participating in sector-wide collaboration to identify and scale up innovation, harmonise packaging formats to make recycling easier and improve waste management infrastructure.

“We believe that sector-wide initiatives, in collaboration with government, are key to reducing the impact of packaging on our planet” said Christine Montenegro McGrath, Vice President of Sustainability and Global Impact at Mondelēz International.

“Through our partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and in joining The UK Plastics Pact, we are accelerating our work toward creating zero net waste packaging and improving recycling globally, and we are fully committed to their vision.”

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