Signify aims to become plastic free in 2021

8 June 2020 (Last Updated June 8th, 2020 12:05)

Lighting system and service provider Signify has strengthened its sustainability commitment with a goal to become plastic-free next year.

Signify aims to become plastic free in 2021
Signify provides lighting system, software and services. Credit: ProtoSpace.

Lighting system and service provider Signify has strengthened its sustainability commitment with a goal to become plastic-free next year.

As part of this aim, the company will start eliminating all plastics from all of its packaging used for consumer-related products.

The company is already using 80% recycled paper for its packaging.

Signify CEO Eric Rondolat said: “Plastic waste has a very negative impact on our planet and its biodiversity. We decided that we must take a leading role and start using plastic-free alternatives. It is the right thing to do and meets the increasing expectations of our customers.

“I look forward to the moment that we can announce that we no longer use plastics in our packaging.”

If successfully implemented, Signify will be able to get rid of over 5.5 million pounds of plastics annually.

Additionally, the company noted that its new smaller packaging lowers carbon emissions from transport and the use of materials by more than 6,600 US tonnes.

Meanwhile, Signify has begun switching plastic blister packaging in Philips LED bulbs with paper-based materials.

Rondolat added: “When we replaced our packaging in the Pacific region, customers said that it was more appealing and environmentally friendly. I call upon other companies to join us in making the switch and will gladly share our lessons learned.”

The company already achieved carbon neutrality in 15 of its 19 markets, including the US in 2018.

Recently, e-commerce retailer Flipkart cut the usage of plastic packaging in its own supply chain by about 50%.