Metro has adopted a Packaging and Printed Materials Management Policy covering its corporate, food and pharmacy activities.
The new policy provides a framework to guide its own teams and its suppliers in the efficient management of packaging and printed materials, including reduction and optimization. Metro says the program will enable it “to implement practices to reduce the use of resources, limit product losses and reduce waste generation, while contributing to the global movement to tackle single-use plastics.”
The policy is based on a life cycle approach and the notion of the circular economy. It embraces four principles:
- reduce the use of packaging and printed materials
- implement optimal design
- select eco-responsible materials
- facilitate recovery and recycling
In addition to these principles, Metro has undertaken a range of related commitments in priority areas with high environmental impact:
- Reduce the number of single-use plastic shopping bags by 50% in METRO’s food and pharmacy banners by the end of fiscal year 2023;
- Reduce overpackaging and single-use plastics in our food stores’ fresh sections;
- Reduce the total weight of the paper used in the flyers for METRO’s food and pharmacy banners by 10% by the end of fiscal year 2022;
- For our private brand food packaging, by the end of fiscal year 2025:
- ensure that 100% of the packaging is entirely recyclable or compostable (fibres only)
- ensure that 100% of the packaging includes sorting instructions
- increase the proportion of postconsumer materials to 45%
- Eliminate single-use plastic water bottles used by our employees in METRO’s administrative offices and distribution centres by the end of fiscal year 2019.
More details on the new policy are available here.