The Kellogg Company is expanding its global sustainability commitments to include a goal of working towards total (100 percent) reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by the end of 2025.
This goal builds on the processor’s current sustainable packaging commitment, as part of its Sustainability 2020 goals, to continue to ensure 100 percent of all timber-based packaging is either recycled or certified as sustainably sourced.
“Nurturing our planet is a foundational value of Kellogg,” says Steve Cahillane, chairman and CEO. “It’s imperative we are part of a solution that ensures a healthy and sustainable planet for all people around the world.”
The company has already made steps in making its facilities more sustainable. In April 2018, Kellogg announced the transition to compostable and paper food service products in all of its plants and offices worldwide by the end of 2018, fully eliminating all single-use foam and plastic serviceware, plastic straws and plastic water bottles.
The processor has been working with its suppliers to identify packaging designs that minimize waste while ensuring the quality and safety of its foods. In Europe, for example, Kellogg has launched a project to move its cereal pouches to a recycle-ready material by late 2019, which will remove an estimated 480 tonnes of non-recyclable packaging from its supply chain each year.
“We cannot accomplish this ambitious goal alone, and we will collaborate with new and existing external partners, our customers and other innovators to identify packaging solutions that protect and enhance our foods while delivering on the quality and great taste that consumers expect from us,” says Lou Massari, senior director, global packaging, Kellogg Company.
Kellogg is actively supporting the U.N. SDG#12—Sustainable Consumption and Production, including 12.5, to reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse. The processor has also proposed—in support of SDG #12.3—to reduce food waste by half per capita globally at the retail and consumer level, and to reduce food losses along the production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses by 2030.
For more information, visit Kellogg’s Corporate Responsibility page.