Global packaging firm Sonoco has expanded its environmental sustainability and social stewardship initiatives through recycling in packaging.

The company’s latest move is aimed at supporting the food industry in reducing food waste globally by 2025.

“Sonoco believes packaging plays an important role in protecting food from damage and spoilage, while extending shelf life at retail and home.”

As part of its commitment to sustainability, Sonoco is planning to increase recycling of packaging it produces globally from 75% to 85% as well as increase the use of post-consumer recycled resins in its plastic packaging from 19% to 25%.

Sonoco will also make 75% of its rigid plastic packaging to carry relevant on-package recyclable claim.

In addition, the company plans to stop using resin additives that degrade in landfills or waterways as well as prevent discharges from its production facilities using plastic pellets.

Sonoco president and CEO Rob Tiede said: “Sonoco believes packaging plays an important role in protecting food from damage and spoilage, while extending shelf life at retail and home.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

“In fact, greater adoption of food packaging technologies to prolong the shelf life of produce and proteins has the potential to divert 72,000t of food waste from landfills in the United States, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 329,000t per year.”

Furthermore, the company is offering $2.725m to Clemson University to createjoint initiative, SonocoFRESH in a move to solve the food waste challenge.

In its corporate responsibility report, the company highlighted various environmental milestones accomplished such as reducing total greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by 6.2% as well as total landfill disposal by 9.4% over the past year.

Tiede added: “Our mission is to deliver breakthroughs to help the entire packaging industry and ultimately have a major impact on reducing food waste, while increasing access to fresh, nutritional foods for millions of people.”