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SC Johnson promotes recyclable and compostable plastic packaging in sustainability update.

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“It has been said that we are all defined by our choices.”

US household cleaning products specialist SC Johnson has said that 95% of the company’s plastic packaging is currently designed to be recyclable, reusable and compostable.

The company gave the announcement in its year-end sustainability update ahead of publication of its 27th Sustainability Report, which is due to be published this autumn and will analyse 2018/19 figures.

In its update, SC Johnson (@SCJohnson) said that it will continue to work on designing out excess packaging and to increase the use of recycled materials in its packaging. In relation to the most recently available annual figures from 2017/18, the company used the following amounts of primary packaging material: 118,000 tonnes of plastic, 34,000 tonnes of glass, 139,000 tonnes of paperboard, 3,600 tonnes of aluminium, 119,000 tonnes of steel.

Updated figures will be available in the company’s upcoming Sustainability Report.

SC Johnson also said that 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic bottles were in use in several product lines and an average of 11% PCR material was used across all plastic bottles. Around 95% of the company’s plastic packaging is now designed to be recyclable, reusable or compostable, SC Johnson said.

SC Johnson brands include Method, Ecover, Duck, Mr Muscle, Glade and Windex.

Earlier this year, SC Johnson launched bottles for its Windex brand made entirely from recycled ocean plastics in an effort to fight plastic pollution.

In its update, the company also said that 100% of SC Johnson factories sent zero manufacturing waste to landfill by the close of 2018/19. The company overall kept global waste 75% below its 2000 baseline.

In a statement published in SC Johnson’s 2017 Sustainability Report, Chairman and CEO H. Fisk Johnson said: “It has been said that we are all defined by our choices. As a family company, this responsibility is front and centre in every decision we make.

“After all, we are not just asking people to use our products. We’re putting our family name on every single one of them. We want people to know how strongly we stand behind the choices that go into making them.”


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