All primary and secondary packaging on our private label products will be reusable or recyclable by 2022.
Our definitions for reusable and recyclable are aligned with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation New Plastics Economy Global Commitment definitions.
The world has finite resources. We cannot continue to operate in a linear take-make-waste approach in business. We recognise that we need to fundamentally rethink the way we design, use, and reuse plastics and other packaging in order to transition towards a circular economy for packaging, in which it never becomes waste or pollution.
In line with the work done to date, we will continue to identify packaging that is not reusable or recyclable, and will aim to remove and replace it. We will further drive packaging efficiencies by reviewing innovation opportunities for alternative sustainable packaging options or for packaging reduction.
Cross-industry collaboration with key stakeholders in the retail and packaging industry, the inclusion of on-pack recycling labelling, and the provision of select takeback facilities in stores will continue.
Some of our current packaging is technically recyclable; however, it is not effectively recyclable – i.e. there is no recycling infrastructure available in the country at scale to enable the recycling thereof. In other cases, there may be no commercially viable reusable or recyclable replacement options for certain packaging substrates. A challenge we will continue to face on our packaging journey is balancing the need for packaging to maintain quality and safety, and extend shelf-life, with the need for less packaging.
Percentage of primary and secondary packaging of private label products that is reusable or recyclable
Packaging and Waste
More information on our performance against this goal can be found in our annual Good Business Journey Report.