FEATURE: How Singapore firms are shrinking their packaging footprint

FEATURE: How Singapore firms are shrinking their packaging footprint


Packaging waste is a growing problem for the environment and is a drain on companies’ bottom lines. In 2017, packaging materials made up one third of the 1.67 million tonnes of domestic waste disposed of in Singapore — enough to fill up more than 1,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. Plastic makes up about half of the materials found in consumer goods packaging, with the rest made from paper, aluminium and glass.

Companies have been taking steps to reduce their use of packaging materials, as part of their efforts under the Singapore Packaging Agreement (SPA), a decade-long initiative by the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the private sector to tackle the problem of packaging waste. More than 200 companies have signed the SPA, and made the commitment to reduce packaging waste from consumer products and the supply chain. Since the launch of the SPA in 2007, the signatories have cumulatively reduced close to 39,000 tonnes of packaging waste, with savings of about S$93 million in the material costs of locally consumed products. Read more about it here.





COCA-COLA: Coca-Cola enjoys 25 per cent growth for Sprite on Dutch relaunch, two countries to follow


NESTLE: Nestlé will do ‘more than ever’ to accelerate reformulation

Coca-Cola previously revamped Sprite as a completely no-sugar and no-calorie soft drink in the Netherlands, which removed over 900,000kg of sugar from their products and reduced a total of 4.2 billion kilocalories, with taste tests proving it to be just as tasty as the traditional sugared version.


Nestlé is “working tirelessly” to make sure its products are “the best they can be” and “will be doing more than ever” to help tackle public health challenges through reformulation efforts, says the company’s UK and Ireland chief.




GS1: Blockchain technology to extend GS1 standards to food testing labs “for first time”


MARS: M&M's maker publishes science policy in bid to boost transparency

Two food testing labs from Vietnam and Australia are joining forces with a blockchain provider to extend globally-recognised GS1 industry standards into labs, in a bid to boost supply chain transparency and trust.


Mars has become increasingly outspoken in recent years as consumer distrust emerges as a growing concern for Big Food, and said it wanted to boost transparency amid an increasing need for research around health, sustainability and food safety and security.




CARGILL: Cargill partners with NGOs to increase sustainability for ocean transports


HERSHEY: Hershey joins sustainable growing practices initiative

Cargill joined forces with the Global Maritime Forum, the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network, the North American Environment Protection Association and the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association, in an effort to establish safer, more efficient transport shipping, along with lower emissions.


The Hershey Company has committed to joining an initiative to prevent further deforestation in its global cocoa supply chain. The initiative has two vital components: no new deforestation for cocoa by avoiding regions where deforestation has already occurred, and the immediate deployment of agroforestry to support shade-grown cocoa through new tree planting programmes.




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Kellogg’s, Starbucks, PepsiCo and Mars Inc among world's most ethical companies in 2018


MCDONALD’S: McDonald's sets greenhouse gas reduction targets

The Ethisphere Institute recognises companies which “influence and drive positive change in the business community” and this year six food and beverage companies, including Kellogg’s, Mars Inc., PepsiCo and Starbucks, were honoured for demonstrating achievements in transparency, integrity, business ethics and compliance.


McDonald’s, along with its franchisees and suppliers, aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by roughly one-third, preventing 150 million tonnes of them from being released into the atmosphere by 2030.





PEPSICO: PepsiCo innovates, collaborates to reach sustainable packaging goals


UNILEVER: Unilever to increase sustainable palm oil production in Indonesia

In the area of packaging, PepsiCo’s goal is to design 100 per cent  of its packaging to be recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable, increase recycled materials in its plastic packaging, reduce packaging’s carbon impact, and work to increase recycling rates by 2025.


Unilever has struck a deal with a government-owned palm oil plantation firm in Indonesia to help accelerate the production of sustainable palm oil in the country, which will see the pair work together to support local mills and farmers in producing palm oil in a way that does not cause deforestation, development on peat, or exploits people and communities.