SC Johnson on track to meet 2025 plastic waste goal

94 per cent of the company’s plastic packaging now recyclable, reusable or compostable.

SC Johnson is on track to meet its 2025 commitments to help reduce plastic waste and boost recycling, with 94 per cent of the company’s plastic packaging now recyclable, reusable or compostable.

The company released it’s 2018/19 Sustainability Report, which shows the company has achieved a 1.7 million kilogram reduction in the amount of plastic used in its primary packaging and created nine recycling centres in Indonesia through its partnership with Plastic Bank over the past year.

“We’re at a tipping point in the global plastic waste crisis,” said Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson.

“Governments are making plans to take action, consumers are vowing to change behaviours, and businesses are stepping up to help. These are all important steps forward to solving this critical issue. While there are no easy solutions, the progress I’ve seen firsthand around the world gives me reason for hope.”

In 2018 SC Johnson announced a series of commitments to accelerate its progress and turn the tide on plastic waste.

The company’s new Sustainability Report provides updates on its progress to meet these commitments, which shows:

  • 94 per cent of SC Johnson’s plastic packaging is now designed to be recyclable, reusable or compostable, up from 90 per cent in fiscal year 2017/18.
  • SC Johnson uses 100 per cent  post-consumer recycled (PCR) bottles for several product lines and in 2019 launched the industry’s first 100 per cent recycled ocean plastic bottle made from plastic waste collected within 30 miles of an ocean or waterway in countries that lack effective, formal waste collection.
  • During fiscal year 2018/19, SC Johnson removed more than 1.7 million kilograms of plastic from primary packaging.

In 2019, SC Johnson expanded its concentrated refill offerings on e-commerce platforms like Amazon to greatly increase access to the products and introduce them to other international markets.

SC Johnson’s 2018/19 Sustainability Report also highlights other achievements in environmental and social progress, including:

  • Achieving ahead of schedule its 2021 commitment of sending zero manufacturing waste to landfill.
  • Continuing to get one-third of the company’s energy use from renewable sources and shifting to geothermal power at its global headquarters.
  • Holding greenhouse gas emissions down 62 per cent compared with the company’s 2000 baseline.
  • Continuing to donate 5 per cent of its pretax profits to charities.

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