Arranged with the national agenda on plastic waste management, several FMCG companies are working aggressively towards using 100 percent biodegradable plastic for packaging ready-to-eat and cosmetic products.
The government has launched several projects to increase awareness around plastic recycling and curb the negative environmental impact of plastic waste.
Companies such as Marico, Hindustan Unilever, Nestle India, Future Consumer, Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Co, Parle Agro will move to 100 percent recyclable packaging by 2025 helping towards a sustainable future.
Hindustan Unilever is working with the government and other partners such as the United Nations Development Programme on pilot projects for plastic waste management.
At Unilever, we are committed to moving to 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable plastic packaging by 2025, said a spokesperson from HUL.
Single-use plastics are majorly used for packaging in FMCG packets and sachets of packed foods, groceries, cosmetics and toiletries.
Most FMCG companies are taking responsibilities to reduce, collect and recycle multi-layered plastic.
The move comes in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s push to shun the usage of single-use plastic which may curb the use of items such as plastic spoons, 200 ml PET bottles, plastic straws, cups, plastic packets, among others.
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles used for beverage products are being re-purposed to make apparels, footwear, and furniture by many companies.
Other FMCG companies, Hindustan Unilever, Nestle too will move to 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable plastic packaging by 2025.
Even chocolate makers are making use of upcycled papers for wrapping chocolates.
Parle Agro has also tied up with key players such as PET - Packaging Association for Clean Environment (PACE) and Action Alliance for Recycling Beverage Cartons (AARC) towards implementing its PWM initiatives.