Of the millions of tonnes of PET plastic produced worldwide every year, just a small fraction is recycled. Now, following the successful pilot of radical new technology by Unilever, we could be on the brink of change. Sanjeev Das, Unilever’s Global Packaging Director for Dressings, tells us more…
It only took half a century for plastics to move from being a symbol of modern domestic bliss to becoming a magnet for derogatory adjectives. As 8 million tonnes of the material enter the ocean each year, the big question now is how to reconcile plastic’s undeniable functionality with a system that can work long term, avoiding loss of material value and environmental consequences.
Over the past two weeks, nations have been meeting at the UN’s Climate Change negotiations (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, to drive action on tackling climate change. One important talking point has been the hugely damaging impact of deforestation. We asked Hannah Hislop, our Global Advocacy & Partnerships Manager, about the issue and what must be done.
In August, over 450 people gathered at the Toronto Reference Library in downtown Toronto to be part of an event that would inspire them to take action to create a more sustainable and just world. Students, young professionals, teachers, academics, business leaders and Unilever employees listened as Paul Polman, Craig Kielburger and others spoke about the power of the younger generation to use their ingenuity and creativity to address some of the world’s greatest challenges.
Thanks to a partnership between Unilever and Rainforest Alliance, Pure Leaf® tea suppliers worldwide are just as focused on lessening the impact they have on the environment as they are on growing top-quality teas.
Unilever is the first FMCG organisation to join The Climate Group’s EV100 global initiative. This aims to bring together forward-looking companies committed to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles and making electric transport the ‘new normal’ by 2030.
Today we announce a commitment to ensure that all of our plastic packaging is fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, and call on the FMCG industry to accelerate progress towards the circular economy.