Unilever to cut plastic usage by half

Alan Jope, CEO Unilever

Global brand Unilever has pledge to cut its “virgin plastic” in half in a pioneering stand against waste and pollution.

The Anglo-Dutch company, which makes more than 400 different products, will cut its plastic bottle and carton usage from 700,000 tons to 350,000 over the next six years.

It will concentrate on refillable containers.

Chief executive Alan Jope said:

“We are not against plastic. We think it plays an important role in society.

“But the place for plastic is not in the environment.

“Our starting point has to be design, reducing the amount of plastic we use, and then making sure that what we do use increasingly comes from recycled sources.

“We are also committed to ensuring all our plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable.”

Paula Chin, sustainable materials specialist at WWF UK, said:

“Unilever’s ambition to slash their plastic usage and to process more plastic than it sells is a welcome step.

“We need to see more businesses, producers and governments all taking greater responsibility.

“The natural world isn’t a luxury – it is our life support system, and we must act now to protect it, before it’s too late.”


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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