Woolworths is committed to reducing packaging to the minimum necessary to protect, inform and promote the product. This reduction is supported by an intensive customer education programme and working with our partners to promote recycling facilities.
We have set targets to reduce packaging to little more than the essential requirements of product protection and information, specifically:
In food we have saved over 660 tons of packaging against the targets set in 2008 by analysing the packaging in 1 400 lines of food, specifically by weighing over 200 000 tons of food.
We have set clear targets for recycling and reuse. These include:
Progress to date:
From late August Woolworths shifted two of its entry level wines from glass bottles into PET wine bottles manufactured by Mondi. This will result in a shift of close on 100 000 bottles changing in this pilot.
The lightweight PET wine bottle reduces shipping weight and carbon emissions. It’s also shatterproof, eliminating stock loss through breakage, and is 100% recyclable.
The bottle has several "green" benefits: an overall reduction in shipping weight – and therefore carbon emissions – as it’s 80% lighter than a 750ml glass bottle; less energy consumption in its manufacture, compared to glass; and its smaller size results in savings in both transportation costs and storage space.
The PET bottle is an "active package" that blocks oxygen from outside - essential for wine storage - and also scavenges the oxygen dissolved in wine and caught in the head space. It has the same transparency and aesthetic appeal as glass, but on handling it, its lighter weight and softer feel become apparent.