More than 100 representatives from across the fields of academia, NGOs and sector companies including Mars, GSK and Sainsbury’s have joined Unilever to create a movement for change on zero waste.
The move follows on from Unilever achieving zero non-hazardous waste to landfill in January, with its Magnum, Knorr, Dove and Domestos brands now having eliminated landfill waste.
The union provides a forum for open discussion among firms on how best to eradicate landfill waste from their supply chains. Each year, an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of solid waste is collected worldwide. This is expected to increase to 2.2 billion tonnes by 2025, with almost all of the increase from developing countries, according to Unilever.
Chief supply chain officer, Pier Luigi Sigismondi, said: “The scale of the problem is clear and although we are very pleased with our achievement, we realise it is a drop in the ocean. The real change is yet to come. We know from our experience of delivering zero waste to landfill in our factories that we will not succeed in driving systematic change unless we can find ways to first of all personally connect with the issue and then commit to doing more and doing it quickly.”