Packaging Sustainability Barometer

  • McDonald’s kicks things off in January, announcing that by 2025, all packaging will be sourced as renewable, recyclable or certified, and that it will recycle guest packaging at all of its restaurants. By 2020, the global fast food brand says it will acquire all of its fibre-based packaging from recyclable or certified sources where there is no deforestation.

 

  • In the same month Coca-Cola debuts its World Without Waste initiative, stating it will, by 2030, collect and recycle the equivalent of all  bottles and cans it sells around the world, and will make all of its consumer packaging 100% recyclable by 2025.

 

  • Pernod Ricard and Diageo, two of the world’s leading drinks groups ban non-biodegradable straws and stirrers across their businesses.

 

  • The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) subsequently announce their commitment to join in the drinks groups’ efforts in supporting a plastic ban.

 

  • Evian pledges to make all of its plastic bottles from 100% recycled plastic by 2025 in a bid to become a circular brand. It says it will redesign packaging, accelerate recycling and recover plastic waste from nature.

 

  • L’Oréal commits to making all of its plastic packaging rechargeable, refillable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

 

  • Mars aims to make its packaging 100% recyclable by 2025.

 

  • M&S plans to make all packaging ‘widely recyclable’ in the UK by 2022.

 

  • PepsiCo pledges to design 100% of its packaging to be recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025.

 

  • Unilever commits to making all of its plastic packaging fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

 

  • Walmart says all of its private brand packaging will be recyclable by 2025.

 

  • Nestlé joined the list in April – announcing its ambition for 100% of its packaging to be reusable or recyclable by 2025.

 

  • In a historic move, the Global Shipping Industry agrees to join the Climate Agreement by pledging to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050 co