Accelerating reuse models to achieve a world free of plastic waste

Read the full story from the World Economic Forum.

The World Economic Forum’s Consumers Beyond Waste initiative is driving a shift towards reuse models through the standardization of measurement and is elevating reuse as a critical aspect of the UN agreement on plastic pollution.

Half of global plastic production is for single-use and only 14% of plastic packaging is collected for recycling; reliance on recycling alone will not solve the waste problem.

The production of plastic also increases carbon emissions since it is a by-product of petroleum and it impacts health, with microplastics recently found in human blood.

Nestlé pilots recyclable paper in Australia

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader.

Nestlé, the parent company of KitKat, has announced a new pilot program to test compostable and recyclable paper packaging for their chocolate bars. The pilot is exclusive to Coles supermarkets in Australia and will provide customers with a convenient and eco-friendly way to enjoy their favorite chocolate. This initiative is part of Nestlé’s commitment to reducing plastic waste by transitioning away from single-use plastic packaging.

The pilot program will feature KitKat bars wrapped in recyclable paper packaging rather than the traditional plastic wrapper. To ensure customer feedback on the new packaging, each bar will include a QR code that customers can scan to leave their comments on the product. Local retailer Coles will have exclusive distribution rights.

Loop touts retail store expansion as standalone e-commerce program sunsets

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

Loop, TerraCycle’s reusable packaging program, ended 2022 with about 150 active retail locations worldwide. This includes about three dozen U.S. locations, with grocery pilots at Fred Meyer in Oregon and Giant Food in Washington, D.C., and home delivery for Walmart customers in Arkansas.

Loop launched in 2019 as a standalone e-commerce platform to manage reusable container distribution and collection, but that concept largely is being phased out as the retail program gains traction. Going forward, Loop’s e-commerce presence will be integrated with partners, such as Walmart’s home delivery website, according to the company.

Loop plans for further growth in 2023, with announced expansions coming in France and Japan. It will also work with U.S. retail partners to build the reuse ecosystem and increase product distribution, although concrete plans haven’t yet been made public, according to Clem Schmid, general manager at Loop Global.

In pursuit of clean packaging with no chemicals of concern

Read the full story in Food Safety Magazine.

The food industry is just beginning to address PFAS derivatives as EPA has done, but it is making slow progress.

The industry gets serious about sustainability

Read the full story at Packaging Strategies.

More CPG companies than ever before are done talking about sustainability and are ready for action.

PepsiCo to double use of reusable packaging to 20% by 2030

Read the full story at Food Dive.

PepsiCo plans to double the percentage of all beverage servings it sells delivered through reusable models from a current 10% to 20% by 2030, the company said in a statement.

PepsiCo said it will focus on four areas to meet its goal: expand the company’s SodaStream business, build out refillable plastic (PET) and glass bottle offerings, grow its fountain drinks platform with reusable cups; and accelerate growth in powders and concentrates.

As consumers place a greater importance on the role food and beverage companies play in the environment, nearly every large CPG has announced some type of commitment to reducing their footprint.

PepsiCo to increase reusable beverage packaging

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

PepsiCo wants to see 20% of its beverages served via reusable models by 2030: highlighting the four approaches it will focus on to achieve this goal.

European Commission on bio-based & biodegradable plastics: ‘Since they are called ‘bio’, consumers have the perception they are good for the environment – however, this is only true to a certain extent’

Read the full story at Beverage Daily.

Bio-based, biodegradable and compostable plastics are often considered as the environmental heroes taking on conventional plastic – but the European Commission says such formats need to be approached carefully if they’re to live up to their promise.

Collaborations focus on plastic’s sustainability progress

Read the full story at Packaging World.

I considered making this column a call for the establishment of a new sustainability collaborative. But so many apparently capable ones exist, I’ve changed my mind. Here are some important ones to keep an eye on.

More sustainable packaging regs are coming

Read the full story at Food Engineering.

As many of us strive to be better environmental stewards, industry standards are changing as well. More state mandates for sustainable packaging are coming, in the food and beverage industry and across various sectors. California has been leading the way and other states have also begun the process toward greater packaging regulation.

It is only a matter of time before you might face new rules in your state, especially with food and beverage accounting for about half of packaging waste in U.S. landfills, according to data cited by Food Tank. There are financial steps you can take now to get your company ready for the potentially higher expenses—and benefits—of being more environmentally conscious and compliant.