Kraft Heinz has announced the expansion of its environmental stewardship strategy to include time-bound targets for achieving greater packaging sustainability and setting science-based goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In particular, the group said that it supports the move toward a circular economy and aims to make 100% of its packaging globally recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.
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The US-based company, which makes Heinz baked beans and other condiments like ketchup and mayonnaise have made the move as part of its commitment to reduce natural resource needs and manage its environmental footprint.
“Our collective industry has a massive challenge ahead of us with respect to packaging recyclability, end-of-life recovery and single-use plastics,” said Bernardo Hees, CEO at Kraft Heinz.
“Even though we don’t yet have all the answers, we owe it to current and future generations who call this planet ‘home’ to find better packaging solutions and actively progress efforts to improve recycling rates. That’s why Kraft Heinz is placing a heightened focus on this important environmental issue.”
The group said that it will ‘aggressively’ pursue technical alternatives while collaborating externally to advance its commitments.
Kraft Heinz will partner with packaging experts, organisations and coalitions to explore technical, end-of-life and infrastructure solutions, and it said that it is already collaborating with Environmental Packaging International (EPI) for consulting, tracking and other specialist services in the packaging space.
Kraft Heinz will further outline its strategy and timeline for achieving this commitment in its next CSR Report, expected to be issued in 2019.
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