As all industries are moving forward to comply with new environmental standards, many companies are struggling to keep up, this week Kraft Heinz promises to make all their packaging sustainable by 2020.
The company promises that 100 percent of its packing will become recyclable, reusable, or compostable by the deadline. At the same time, the company plans to integrate as many recyclables into their packing as possible, as well as decrease their overall volume of packaging used.
They aren’t the first packaged foods company to do this. PepsiCo’s CEO has also led them towards creating more sustainable packaging.
Kraft Heinz CEO Bernardo Hees said:
“Our collective industry has a massive challenge ahead of us with respect to packaging recyclability, end-of-life recovery and single-use plastics.
“Even though we don’t yet have all the answers, we owe it to current and future generations who call this planet home to find better packaging solutions and actively progress efforts to improve recycling rates. That’s why Kraft Heinz is placing heightened focus on this important environmental issue.”
“We found that most of our emissions are coming from areas outside our direct operations. To truly succeed as champions of sustainability, we will look at our full value chain and determine where we can make the greatest impact for our planet.”
Although Kraft Heinz’s sales decreased over the last year, the company is still investing resources into making sure they can stay green.
Kraft Heinz Europe is actually working on making sure their specialty Heinz Tomato Ketchup PET plastic bottle is in circulation all over the world by 2020. The Heinz Tomato Ketchup PET plastic bottle is made up mostly of recyclable materials and can be used to make food grade packaging after being recycled.
Since 2015, Kraft Heinz has also been working on their overall environmental footprint, pledging to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, water consumption and solid waste sent to landfill all by 15 percent.
Kraft Heinz promises to make all their packaging sustainable by 2020 and is scheduled to roll out the full plan for innovative green changes within the company by 2019.