Kruger Products is now one of several industry companies taking proactive steps to eliminate plastic with the Canada Plastics Pact (CPP). The CPP is creating a circular economy in Canada to keep plastic waste in the economy and out of the environment by collaborating with businesses, government and non-governmental organizations.
Darrell Jones, president of Save-On-Foods, is one of several grocery retailers working on the plastics issue. “We know that not all plastics are created equal and we’re working with the Retail Council of Canada and CEOs of grocery chains across the country on creating the right mix of plastics, eliminating what we can and keeping what we need. We need to work together, and we’ll accomplish what we need to accomplish this way.”
Some other key industry collaborators include:
-Keurig Dr Pepper
-Kraft Heinz Canada
-Loblaw Companies Limited
-Maple Leaf Foods
“We are constantly evolving how we do business to maintain our commitment to operate a sustainable, highly productive and deeply humane company. Although sustainability touches everything we do, we are focusing our efforts on targeting zero waste throughout our value chain with sustainable packaging, efficient operations and food waste reduction. We commit to ensuring that 100 per cent of our packaging supports a circular economy through being recyclable, biodegradable or compostable by 2025,” says Joseph McCarthy, president of Bimbo Canada.
“Creating a circular economy for packaging is central to Danone’s One Planet. One Health vision, and our ambition to create and share sustainable value. We are committed to make 100% of our packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. This includes developing impactful partnerships such as this one to keep pushing innovation on resource use and recycling practices.,” says Dan Magliocco, president of Danone Canada.
Bruno Keller, president of Kraft Heinz Canada, says they are committed to making all of their packaging 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable. “At Kraft Heinz Canada, we believe that the Canada Plastics Pact provides an important opportunity to work toward a common vision of a circular economy for plastics. We all have a role to play in reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills and waterways.”
Galen G. Weston, chairman and president of Loblaw Companies Limited, says the retail and consumer goods industry creates one third of plastic waste. “That means we should be at least one-third of the solution. We develop, package and sell the products, so it’s in our control. We know more can be done to reduce plastic waste, and that we need progressive policies and systems that keep plastics out of nature. The Canada Plastics Pact brings industry together to do just that.”
Walmart Canada’s president and CEO Horacio Barbeito says the company “is on a path to becoming a regenerative company – one that works to restore, renew and replenish. The Canada Plastics Pact is part of acting urgently and I am proud to join with all the businesses taking action to reduce plastic use. I believe that together we will make a difference.”
The CPP has clear goals to reach by 2025, including defining a list of plastic packaging that is problematic, designing 100 per cent of packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable, recycling or composting 50 per cent of packaging and having 30 per cent recycled content across all plastics.
Several companies are working towards sustainability and creating a positive impact on the environment. Kruger Products recently announced its sustainability campaign before joining CPP. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association recently discussed sustainability and Proctor & Gamble’s report shows how Canadians can make a difference from home.
The CPP launched in January, 2021 as the tenth country in the Global Plastics Pact network.