Kraft Heinz sets packaging sustainability goal

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Kraft Heinz Co. is vowing to make all company packaging around the world “recyclable, reusable or compostable” within the next seven years.

“Our collective industry has a massive challenge ahead of us with respect to packaging recyclability, end-of-life recovery and single-use plastics,” CEO Bernardo Hees said in a statement.

The global food giant, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Group Inc., said it “will aggressively pursue technical alternatives while also collaborating externally to advance its commitment” by 2025.

This will include working to find “technical, end-of-life and infrastructure solutions.”

The company’s work in Europe already includes efforts to make its PET ketchup bottles “fully circular” in the next four years.

Kraft Heinz aims to accomplish this by using recycled material for new bottles that can then be made into food-grade packaging after use. The company expects to report progress on this goal next year.

“Even though we don’t yet have all the answers, we owe it to current and future generations who call this planet ‘home’ to find better packaging solutions and actively progress efforts to improve recycling rates,” Hees said in his statement.

Part of the company’s work will include increasing the use of recycled content in packaging and decreasing the amount of packaging being used.

The company added that recent efforts helped the company reduce global packaging by 55,000 tons.

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