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Plastics

And The Corporate Response

CORPORATE ACTION: Amazon

Amazon UK Stops Using Single-Use Plastic Packaging For Products Shipped From FBA


Amazon has stopped using single-use plastic delivery bags in the UK for orders shipped from the online retailer’s fulfilment centers. The move includes products sold by third-party sellers that use Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) and will use recyclable paper bags and cardboard envelopes. However, there are occasions where customers may still receive purchases in plastic packaging, such as products sold by third-party vendors who ship directly to customers and items that come in single-use plastic packaging from manufacturers.[Image Credit: © Amazon ]

CORPORATE ACTION: Henkel

Henkel Partners With BASF To Replace Fossil Carbon Feedstock With Renewables

Henkel has partnered with BASF to replace fossil carbon feedstock with renewable feedstock for most products in the consumer goods company’s European Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care divisions. The collaboration is expected to run for the next four years after the success of a 2021 pilot with Henkel’s Love Nature cleaning and detergent brand. The partners expect to replace about 110,000 tonnes of ingredients each year with renewable feedstock through BASF’s certified biomass balance process. This will help Henkel prevent around 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.[Image Credit: © Henkel]

CORPORATE ACTION: Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble India Recycles More Plastic Waste Than It Uses For Packaging In 2022

Procter & Gamble India has achieved “plastic waste neutral” status in fiscal year 2022. The company collected, processed, and recycled more than 19,000 metric tons of plastic packaging waste, a figure that exceeds the amount of plastic packaging it sold in one year. The company said it has been collaborating with recycling partners in 75 cities in the country, with plastic waste sent to recyclers, waste-to-energy facilities, and cement kilns. Also, the company has been reducing the volume of packaging material it uses.[Image Credit: © Procter & Gamble]

CAMPAIGNS, COMMITMENTS & NGOs

Single-Use Flexible Packaging Needs To Be Addressed For Faster Move To Circular Economy

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has identified several steps aimed at flexible packaging that can speed up the move toward a circular economy for plastics. Single-use flexible packaging must be eliminated, and all parties should innovate away from using it. Packaging design, infrastructure, and policy should incorporate “unprecedented efforts” to ensure any single-use flexible packaging that cannot be currently recycled can be circulated.[Image Credit: © Ellen MacArthur Foundation]

CONSUMER & PUBLIC OPINION

Sustainable Packaging Offers Brands Venue For Conversation With Consumers

Consumer research by New Hope Network’s NEXT Data & Insights team has revealed that consumers are familiar with sustainable packaging concepts, such as recyclable, reusable, and recycled plastics. However, it is not clear how well consumers understand complex issues surrounding packaging. That could be an opportunity for brands and the natural products industry to engage in a conversation with consumers regarding sustainability in packaging. Some of the steps that brands can take include explaining the steps taken to make cardboard and paper packaging 100 percent recyclable; saying where and how packaging is compostable; and saying where recycled plastic comes from.[Image Credit: © Informa Markets]

EMERGING IDEAS, THEMES & TRENDS

Homethings Launches Household Cleaning Liquid In Powder Form



Homethings has launched Washupthings powder-to-gel household cleaning liquid exclusively at Waitrose retail stores. The company developed the product in partnership with Innovate UK. The cleaning liquid comes with a reusable pump bottle and two refill sachets. Each sachet comes with 17.5 grams of active ingredients that turn into 350ml of cleaning liquid when mixed with water.[Image Credit: © Homethings]
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