Arnott’s has committed to transitioning its soft plastic packaging to be fully recyclable by the end of next year.
The pledge is part of the company’s plan to strengthen its sustainability commitment based on the 2025 National Packaging Targets set by the Australian Packaging Covenant (APCO).
The biscuit brand says consumers can recognise the change with the rollout of thinner, fully recyclable packaging, across the Farmbake range. This innovation will help reduce 9 tonnes of plastic each year while remain the freshness and shelf life that customers expect.
“When we started our sustainability journey last year, we decided to set ourselves the ambitious goal of completely eliminating multi-material structures from our packaging, a goal that has us well placed to exceed the time frames set out by APCO, as part of the 2025 National Packaging Targets,” said Alberto Peixeiro, Arnott’s Group director.
“Beyond this significant change, we are continuing to look for opportunities to reduce the amount of packaging that we use and increase the recyclability of our packaging materials, so that we can work toward the ultimate goal of a circular economy for packaging.”
Arnott’s is currently at 75 per cent recyclability (units) across its packaging portfolio. The company will transform the remaining part of its soft packaging into fully recyclable material in the next 18 months, as trials are completed.
Simon Lowden, Arnott’s Group chief transformation officer, reports that the announcement is one of the efforts that Arnott’s is making to meet the sustainability goal set last year.
“Whether it’s greater supply chain transparency, investigating alternative energy solutions, greater nutritional offerings or packaging format changes – across the board we are seeing improvements in our sustainability efforts, but more importantly we’re holding ourselves to account for the commitments that we have made,” he said.