The announcement reflects the company’s new purpose to empower people to snack right by offering the right snack, for the right moment, and made the right way.
This includes ensuring that the company’s products are made with ingredients that are sustainnably sourced, produced and delivered, with positive impact along the supply chain.
“Reducing the environmental impact of packaging and tackling plastic waste are urgent priorities for us, which we take extremely seriously. As such we have both global and local commitments to help ensure we minimize our impact,” shares Toff Rada, CGA Country Manager of Mondelez Philippines. He continues, “Plastic is a highly efficient material which helps us develop packaging that provides the right levels of security, quality, product protection, and preservation for food products. All this while enabling us to meet our packaging elimination goals. Without it, the shelf life of many products would be far shorter and would create more food waste, which is a far worse problem for the economy and environment.”
Targeting Zero-net Waste Packaging
The company’s strategy aims to deliver against its long-term vision for zero-net waste packaging by addressing two objectives: Making it easier for consumers to recycle packaging and supporting industry coalitions to improve recycling rates. To achieve this, the company is committed to the following globally:
• All packaging will be made with recyclable material by 2025. The company will provide design guidelines for circular economy to packaging developers, set priorities and identify materials to use or avoid across its packaging range. Locally in its manufacturing plant in Sucat, Paranaque, 98% of the packaging waste generated is already recyclable or recycled.
• All paper-based packaging will be sustainably sourced by 2020.
• 65 million kg of packaging material worldwide will be eliminated by 2020. This is consistent with its commitment to use the right amount of material to keep products fresh and safe, while minimizing the amount of packaging used.
• Recycling information for consumers will be provided by 2025. The company will work to make it easy for consumers globally to recycle or re-use product packs after use.
• The company will support industry coalitions and public-private partnerships to develop vital waste-management infrastructure to help reduce waste and improve real-world recycling rates.
The manufacturing plastic waste inside its plant in the Philippines is already used as co-fuel by a partner cement company. Mondelez Philippines has also partnered with the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS) for a recycling facility in Paranaque.
The Company has also constructed three recycled plastic play areas in Paranaque and Quezon City, with one more to be built in Quezon City in February. It is also looking to expand post-consumer collection and recycling this 2020.