Many people may already by now be aware of the fact that tons of plastic are sailing on the waterways. Dating back to the year 2015, research had revealed that nearly eight million tons of plastic sweeps into our waterways on an estimate per year which is equal to the amount of garbage loaded on a truck each minute.
When plastics enter the marine environment, they convert in indigestible particulates which the poor marine life mistakenly eat thinking its food. As such, if no immediate actions and measurements are taken, then it is expected that the oceans will comprise higher amounts of plastic than the fishes by the year 2050.
Meanwhile, several companies are now reviewing their current packaging plans as an initiative and effort to reduce the amount of waste. Moreover, they are promoting such a move since the past few years through a shareholder activist community or group which is called ‘As You Sow.’
Mondelez International, the multinational confectionery food and beverage company made a commitment on October 10 of developing recyclable packaging by the year 2025.
Conrad MacKerron, who serves as the Senior Vice President of the ‘As You Sow’ group appreciated Mondelez International’s effort and said that the group hopes to see the company achieve this target even before the year 2025.
Mondelez International’s packaging was observed as the 5th frequently found company waste collected as per a report published on October 9 where environmental groups carried out over 200 audits across 42 countries.
Notably, Mondelez International is the world’s 5th largest producer of consumer goods to have taken such a vital commitment to make recycle packaging after getting involved with ‘As You Sow.’ In the year 2014, Procter & Gamble had agreed to create ninety per cent recyclable packaging while Colgate-Palmolive committed to creating recyclable packaging in 3 of its operating divisions, both by the year 2020.
Last year, Unilever had also agreed to create recyclable packaging by the year 2025. In August 2018, KraftHeinz also agreed to create all of its packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by the year 2025.