THE WHAT? Hindustan Unilever (HUL) has announced that it will achieve 100 percent plastic waste collection in 2020, meaning it will collect and process more packaging waste than it uses in its production.
THE DETAILS The goal will set the multinational up as the first company of large scale to achieve plastic waste neutrality.
The Lux soap maker will process over 1 lakh tonnes of post-consumer waste during 2020, collecting from all states and Union Territories.
HUL CMD Sanjiv Mehta said, “Our vision is one where key stakeholders work together to ensure that plastic stays in the economy and out of the environment. As a responsible company, we are committed to playing our part.”
THE WHY? HUL joins the likes of Nestle India in plastic neutrality, with Dabur looking to achieve the goal by March 2022.
The aim follows growing concern around plastic pollution in the personal care and beauty industries, with large multinationals increasingly looking at green strategies in order to find a solution.
HUL ED of supply chain, Willem Uijen, said, “ We have now scaled up our joint efforts to collect more plastic packaging waste than our total plastics footprint, four years ahead of what we previously thougth was possible.”