• Thu. Feb 22nd, 2024

Leading consumer companies announce sustainability milestones and goals on World Environment Day

Leading consumer companies announce sustainability milestones and goals on World Environment Day
NEW DELHI: Leading consumer goods companies — including ITC, Dabur, Coca ColaAnd DS Group — announced new sustainability milestones and targets on Monday World Environment Day.
Companies are setting goals such as being carbon neutral, increasing investment in sustainable packaging, reducing the use of plastic in packaging, and harnessing green energy.
Domestic FMCG and Ayurvedic products maker Dabur India has declared itself plastic waste positive by collecting, treating and recycling more plastic waste in product packaging than sold in FY2023.
ITC has increased its sustainable packaging offerings to replace plastic and announced several measures to reduce plastic use in products and businesses — from packaging and food to the hotel business.
Beverage major Coca-Cola India on Monday announced the launch of new bottles made entirely from recycled PET plastic material (rPET) in Andhra Pradesh.
“This is the first time in India that any bottle made of 100 percent rPET is being used for food and beverages,” Coca-Cola India said in a statement.
The rPET bottles are made from food-grade recycled PET, the beverage major said. It has set a target of using at least 50 percent recycled content in its packaging by 2030.
On World Environment Day 2023, ITC reiterated its commitment to address the issue of plastic waste management through its multifaceted initiatives.
The company is increasing its investment in developing innovative and eco-friendly packaging solutions that can replace single-use plastics.
ITC maintained its plastic neutrality status for the second consecutive year by sustainably managing 60,000 MT of plastic waste in FY23, more than the volume of packaging used.
ITC Executive Director B Sumanth said: “At ITC, we have made comprehensive interventions for waste management with a focus on plastics. Our paperboards, paper and packaging businesses continue to pioneer sustainable packaging solutions that can replace single-use plastics”.
Several ITC brands and businesses have innovated to reduce the use of plastic in line with our commitment to create a positive environmental footprint, he said.
ITC’s Paperboards, Paper and Packaging businesses are at the forefront of innovation in packaging solutions that replace the use of single-use plastics. It has also extended its sustainable packaging initiatives to its own personal care products.
“Many of ITC’s personal care brands are gradually adopting reusable options. For example, Fiama shower gel bottles now include 50 percent post-consumer recycled material, while Savlon glycerine soap wrappers use 70 percent post-consumer recycled plastic in its PET layer. In the case of Engage perfume and cologne bottles, , the brand has switched to 100 percent paper-based recyclable cartons,” it said.
ITC’s hotel business has replaced plastic water bottles with eco-friendly glass bottles.
After collecting, treating and recycling 35,000 metric tonnes of post-consumer plastic waste across India by 2022-23, Dabur India has announced that it will become a ‘Plastic Waste Positive’ organization.
With this, Dabur has become the first Indian consumer goods company to achieve this feat, the company said in a statement.
Now, Dabur collects, processes and recycles more plastic waste than is sold in product packaging in a year, Dabur India-Operations Head-Rahul Awasthi said.
“This is a proud moment for the entire Dabur family, which not only collects plastic waste from our cities, towns and villages across the country, but also works to prevent waste from reaching our land and oceans. Plastic waste, from PET and HDPE bottles, PP caps and labels to multi-layered plastics and beverage cartons ,” he said.
The DS Group, which owns FMCG brands like Catch and Pas Pas, said it has adopted various sustainability initiatives in the areas of energy management, water management, material conservation, recycling, waste management and increasing its green footprint.
“Our sustainability initiatives are spread across the country and span the areas of energy management, water management, material conservation, recycling and waste management. It integrates our business, social and environmental objectives to make a significant contribution to society and the country,” said DS Group Vice Chairman Rajeev Kumar.
Leading glass manufacturer Saint-Gobain Glass has announced that it will produce a new glass with a lower carbon footprint. The product should have a carbon footprint reduction of around 40 percent compared to existing Saint-Gobain Glass India products.
“Such environmental performance is achieved through the use of 2/3 of recycled content as raw material from renewable energy sources, natural gas and electricity,” said a statement from Saint-Gobain India.
“It is no coincidence that the product launch of India’s first low carbon glass is happening on “World Environment Day”. It is a concerted effort by Saint-Gobain to continue making sustainable contributions to the Indian construction industry,” its India said. – Glass Business Managing Director AR Unnikrishnan.

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