Reducing our use of packaging material

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We want to use less packaging material, including a reduction in our use of virgin plastics.

  • Through our eco-design process, we avoided the use of more than 142,000 metric tons of packaging materials by the end of 2019, compared to a baseline of 2015. That is the equivalent of 14 Eiffel Towers in Paris! This exceeded our 2020 objective of avoiding the use of 140,000 metric tons of packaging materials one year early.
     
  • We are systematically reviewing the need for plastic shrink wrap on pallets and product packaging, identifying opportunities to substitute paper, or eliminate plastic entirely.
     
  • Our water bottles are already recyclable, and we are increasing our use of recycled content (rPET) for these bottles to 50% by 2025.
     
  • In September 2020, we announced our USD 30 million investment in the Closed Loop Leadership Fund, the private equity fund of circular economy investment firm Closed Loop Partners to lead the shift from virgin plastics to the use of food-grade recycled plastics in the U.S. This contributes to our goal of reducing our use of virgin plastics by one third by 2025.

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