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Unilever North America Accelerates Action on Plastic Packaging to Reach 50% Recycled Content by End of Year

April 10, 2019 GMT

BENTONVILLE, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 10, 2019--At the Walmart Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting today, Unilever North America President Amanda Sourry announced plans to accelerate and expand the company’s plastics commitments in North America. The three-part plan provides better choices for plastic packaging, adds clear recycling instructions on pack, and launches a shopper education program in partnership with Walmart.

“We know that the response from the consumer goods industry is critical in determining the speed that positive change takes place around plastic packaging, and using less, better, or no plastics is a priority at Unilever,” said Sourry. “Today, we are significantly accelerating our plastic packaging commitments in North America and are thrilled to be working alongside other industry leaders like Walmart to push these initiatives forward.”

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Globally, Unilever has made ambitious, industry-leading plastic packaging goals, and these will be accelerated in North America with three significant packaging initiatives.

The Unilever North America announcements include:

“These Unilever initiatives are important steps, but we can’t create a circular economy for plastic packaging in isolation,” added Sourry. “We need collective action to tackle the problem at the source by working with forward-thinking companies like Walmart, advocating for systemic change in government and recycling facilities, working closely with plastics suppliers, and educating consumers. Only together will we answer the urgent call made by the plastics issue we are facing.”

Unilever has been committed to reducing its packaging footprint for many years as part of the global Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, and committed to making all Unilever packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. Globally, the company will reach an average of 25% recycled content in packaging by 2025.

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Significant progress is being made toward Unilever’s goals at a global level, with achievements including:

  • Light-weighting packaging with a 18% decrease in weight since 2010, which ultimately means less plastic used to package products;
  • Reduction in total waste footprint per consumer by 31% since 2010;
  • Keeping packaging volumes flat since 2010 despite portfolio growth, demonstrating efforts to decouple growth from environmental impact.

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About Unilever North America

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Beauty & Personal Care, Home Care, and Foods & Refreshment products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2.5 billion consumers a day. In the United States and Canada, the portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Degree, Dollar Shave Club, Dove, Hellmann’s, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Love Beauty and Planet, Magnum, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s, Popsicle, Pure Leaf, Q-tips, Seventh Generation, Simple, Sir Kensington’s, St. Ives, Suave, Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, TAZO, TIGI, TRESemmé and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies.

Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan underpins the company’s strategy and commits to:

  • Helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being by 2020.
  • Halving the environmental impact of our products by 2030.
  • Enhancing the livelihoods of millions of people by 2020.

For more information on Unilever U.S. and its brands visit: www.unileverusa.com.

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