Unilever has made an industry-leading commitment to ensure all our plastic packaging will be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, and in the UK & Ireland we’re looking to accelerate that target. To meet this ambition, we have an internal framework which shapes our thinking and future innovation which is based on a combination of using ‘less plastic’ - using lighter, stronger and more environmentally-friendly materials, ‘better plastic’ - using more recyclable materials and recycled content and ‘no plastic - using alternative materials, new packaging formats and alternative models of consumption.
In the UK & Ireland in 2018 we became a founding member of The UK Plastics Pact, an initiative led by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK. Unilever supported WRAP and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in the development of ambitious 2025 targets including:
• Eliminating problematic or unnecessary single-use plastic packaging
• 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable
• 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled or composted
• 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging These targets support Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan and in the UK & Ireland we are working to accelerate this process.
Also as a part of our commitment we have also joined the On-Pack Recycling Label (ORPL) scheme which is a movement to provide simple and consistent recycling guidance across products sold in the UK. Our membership of OPRL moves us further in the right direction by providing recycling guidance that is simple, clear and consistent. Domestos bleach bottles contain the OPRL logo on all bottles as they are widely recycled with the cap on.