The more than 13,000 products and materials we make deliver fresh, safe, and convenient food and beverages to consumers. Our products help to reduce food waste by protecting foods and beverages during transport, extending product shelf-life and reducing the threat of contamination. Safety and convenience are more important than ever during a global pandemic that has imposed limits on dining and shopping options and increased the need for products that make take-out meals possible and guard against contamination.
In 2020, we announced a bold new product goal that by 2030, 100% of our products will be made with recycled, recyclable or renewable materials. We are nearly two-thirds of the way towards our goal based on 2019 net revenues, and in the next decade, we will work on achieving that 100% goal.
We’re proud to share some of our initiatives in this field below. For more details, read our 2019-2020 Sustainability report.
Implementing Our Four R’s Approach to Our Materials and Products
Our Four R’s approach zeroes in on four key sustainability drivers: reduce, reuse, recycle, renew. Our new sustainable packaging goal focuses on the materials that go into our products where we have a high degree of control.
As part of our sustainability strategy, we are expanding our commitment to sustainable packaging with a goal to build the environmental attributes embodied in our Four R’s into every single product we sell:
- Products that reduce the use of petroleum-based materials by incorporating other materials, such as minerals and plant-based starches
- Products that may be washed and reused by consumers
- Products that include post-consumer recycled materials and/or are recyclable
- Products that utilize renewable resources and/or are compostable
We want consumers to reuse, recycle or compost our products when they are done with them, and we strive to design products for these end-of-life scenarios. We also work with cross-industry partnerships and diverse stakeholders to boost post-consumer recycling and composting and build a circular economy.