SC Johnson, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of household cleaning and other consumer and professional products, is making significant progress toward its 2025 targets to tackle plastic pollution. The company’s work to create a more sustainable world was highlighted yesterday in the publication of Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s second annual report on the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, a set of targets uniting more than 450 businesses, governments and other organisations to address plastic waste and pollution.
Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson commented: “SC Johnson teams are continuing to create products and packaging that give consumers more sustainable options. We all have a responsibility to address this critical environmental issue, but equally none of us can solve this challenge alone. It will take a unified effort from business, government and civil society to create a circular plastic economy.”
The report shows that although progress had been made in some areas between 2018 and 2019, more needs to be done, and at greater speed, in order to achieve the 2025 targets.
SC Johnson Progress in Tackling Plastic Waste Crisis
In association with the Global Commitment, SC Johnson is pursuing a series of goals to accelerate its progress to tackle plastic waste, including:
- Triple the amount of post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic content in packaging by 2025, including Mr Muscle and several other product lines. Today 14% of SC Johnson’s packaging is PCR, up from 6% last year.
- Continue to remove excess plastics wherever possible. SC Johnson has eliminated 2,575 metric tons of unnecessary or problematic plastic packaging since 2018, including 875 metric tons since last year.
- Make 100% of its plastic packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. Currently, more than 62% of SC Johnson products are designed for this, and the company is expanding concentrated refill options and refill trials with Ecover through Waitrose and Sainsbury supermarkets.
- Continue to work with industry and other organisations to support circular plastic economy models and keep plastic out of landfills and the environment. SC Johnson’s global partnership with Plastic Bank has collected more than 5,000 metric tons of plastic, which is being incorporated into product packaging as an alternative to virgin plastic. SC Johnson is also a Global Partner to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to help advance a circular economy, together with other companies such as Intesa Sanpaolo, Danone, Google, H&M, Nike, Phillips, Renault, Solvay and Unilever.