Saturday, September 18, 2021

Grocery giants join hands to cut down plastic use

Aldi, Woolworths and Coles have all joined a pact to radically cut down the amount of plastic used in Australian supermarkets.

Known as the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands Plastics Pact (ANZPAC), the agreement sets specific goals for the grocery giants to achieve by 2025.

Within four years each of the supermarkets have pledged to have 100 per cent of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, as well as eliminating unnecessary and “problematic” plastic packaging.

The supermarkets join a cohort of 60 businesses including The Arnott’s Group, Coca-Cola South Pacific, Nestle Australia, PepsiCo and Colgate Palmolive.

Coles Chief Executive of commercial and express Greg Davis said Coles wanted to be the top of the food chain in terms of sustainability.
“As one of Australia’s largest retailers, Coles understands the importance of working collaboratively to find a more sustainable future for plastic packaging,”
“Following the launch of our new Together to Zero sustainability strategy, we have an ambition to be Australia’s most sustainable supermarket, working with our suppliers, customers and other stakeholders towards zero waste.”
“Following the launch of our new Together to Zero sustainability strategy, we have an ambition to be Australia’s most sustainable supermarket, working with our suppliers, customers and other stakeholders towards zero waste.”
Brooke Donnelly, CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (one of the main drivers of the ANZPAC) said the pact will help to deliver real change for the environment.
“As well as a growing problem, plastic is also fundamentally an international one. To tackle plastic waste effectively we need to find solutions that aren’t constrained by national borders or old ways of thinking,” Ms Donnelly said.
“Through the Plastics Pact model, we will bring together the complete plastic supply chain across the entire Oceania region, and working with our global partners through the Plastics Pact network, develop solutions that deliver real and tangible change to the plastic problem for our region.”

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