Danone is engaged on SDG 14 as a commitment
According to World Economic Forum New Plastics Economy report, 40 percent of the plastic used worldwide is still disposed of in landfill. Approximately 10–20 million tons of plastic a year end up in the oceans with all the negative impacts on marine biodiversity that it can cause. This is an unsustainable impact for packaging and great efforts worldwide are already underway to close that loop.
We strive to be a game-changer to foster positive solutions for the planet. We commit to enhance the circular economy of packaging and more specifically of plastic. Packaging has become part of life and every day, billions of products are stored, transported and used safely and easily thanks to the packaging designed to protect products. But packaging also uses valuable resources and can generate waste when not recycled.
Danone has committed to take its part and Danone’s Packaging Policy, published in 2016, reaffirmed our ambition to “co-build the packaging circular economy by sourcing sustainable materials and creating a second life for all plastics.”
Our strategy is to promote the circular economy of packaging by supporting the development of processes and systems that turn waste into resources. Our strategy is based on 5 commitments that span the cycle of our packaging from the choice of raw materials upstream to consumer behaviors downstream (learn more):
- Use sustainable resources such as biobased materials or rPET (target : use 25% rPET in Water plastic bottle by 2020)
- Optimize weight and move towards 100% “circular-by-design”
- Zero plastics to landfill for our industrial waste
- Innovate to ease life of consumers and engage them to sort and recycle
- Co-create a second-life for all plastics in top 10 priority countries
Danone is co-creating dedicated initiatives with relevant stakeholders at local level (such as governments, peers, waste-pickers and waste professionals) and international level (funding organizations and NGOs involved in fostering circular economy and preventing marine littering such as the Ocean Conservancy or the Ellen MacArthur Foundation) to launch scalable ‘packaging second-life’ initiatives. In 2018 Danone will update its packaging commitments to continue accelerate the circular economy of plastic and prevent waste from landing in oceans.