Ambition 2025 – Packaging

Our Ambition: Minimise the impact of used packaging associated with food and drink products and to encourage innovation in packaging technology and design that contributes to overall product sustainability.

FDF members have consistently demonstrated their commitment to reduce the carbon impact of food and drink packaging, including through their contribution to the three previous phases of the WRAP Courtauld Commitment.

Under our new ambition, we will continue working with our supply chain partners, including through participation in relevant WRAP activities, on initiatives that minimise the carbon impact of used packaging. This includes improving the recyclability of packaging, supporting the case for more consistent household waste collections and helping drive demand for recyclate through maximising recycled content where appropriate. We will also maintain our zero packaging waste to landfill ambition.

Furthermore, we will encourage the development of new materials and the uptake of smarter packaging design to improve the essential functionality of packaging. In turn, this will improve the overall resource efficiency of our product supply chains. We will bring these elements together in the form of a sustainable packaging checklist which we are currently developing with Incpen (Industry Council for research on Packaging & the Environment). We will encourage members to apply this checklist to their own packaging systems.

Pepsico case study

PepsiCo UK has achieved zero waste to landfill across all its UK manufacturing and logistics sites since 2011 as well as reducing the amount of waste from UK factories by 33% in the last four years. The company has also successfully transferred its Resource Conservation (ReCon) programme to its packaging partners and worked with retailers to cut carbon from its distribution network.

PepsiCo UK continues to look for innovative ways to cut packaging waste and some of the specific packaging achievements include:

  • Introduced environmentally friendly bale packaging for Quavers that reduces outer packaging wrap by 30%.
  • Juice brand Copella redesigned bottles to be up to 40% lighter, leading to a reduction of 1070 fewer tonnes of CO2.
  • Redesigned Quaker Oat So Simple cases achieving a 30% reduction in the amount of corrugate used without negatively impacting on stacking strength.

"We take our environmental and sustainability commitments seriously and we're proud of the great strides we've made across the Five-Fold Environmental Ambition's priority areas in recent years. It goes to the heart of what we call 'Performance with Purpose' where we're working to minimise our impact on the environment and conserve natural resources through not just our own operations but our supply chain too."

Martyn Seal
European Sustainability Director, PepsiCo

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Last reviewed: 12 Oct 2016