The Kraft Heinz Company announces a new goal to reduce the use of virgin plastic in its global packaging portfolio by 20 per cent by 2030. This change is estimated to reduce the use of approximately 100 million pounds of virgin plastic (as compared to 2021 baseline).
This goal builds on the existing investments the Company has made across its portfolio to reduce plastic use and meet its broader packaging goals, including aiming to make 100 per cent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging by 2025, and aiming to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while halving emissions by 2030.
“To achieve our ESG goals, including to reach net-zero GHG emissions, we can’t continue to do things as we have in the past,” said Rashida La Lande, Executive Vice President, Global General Counsel, and Chief Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Officer at Kraft Heinz. “We are investing in innovative technologies and partnerships that are critical to helping us redesign packaging, eliminate unnecessary plastic, increase our use of recycled content, and influence the adoption of reuse models. This is one more way we’re renovating our product portfolio to not only offer more sustainable options, but to deliver on our consumer expectations.”
Replacing virgin plastic with recycled content
Kraft Heinz is building on the existing work with the U.S., Canada, and U.K. Plastic Pacts to increase the use of recycled content in its packaging. The Company targets replacing 15 per cent of its U.S. PET rigid plastic packaging portfolio with post-consumer recycled content by 2025.
- Kraft Real Mayo and Miracle Whip plan to transition packaging to 100 per cent recycled content in the United States beginning in 2024 in an effort to eliminate approximately 14 million pounds of virgin plastic.
- Heinz moved to 30 per cent recycled content in most of its bottles in Brazil, the U.K., and Europe.
- Heinz partnered with specialists in the U.K. to create recyclable Heinz Beans Snap Pots from soft plastics that were returned to Tesco by consumers. The recyclable pots are food-safe and made with 39 per cent recycled plastic.
Kraft Heinz is also identifying packaging solutions that use less plastic, such as eliminating unnecessary plastic components.
Exploring material alternatives
Kraft Heinz is exploring the use of alternative materials like fibre-based packaging with the hope that these cutting-edge innovations could be used for other packaging formats in years to come.
- Heinz announced a pilot with Pulpex in 2022 to develop a paper-based, renewable and recyclable bottle made from 100 per cent sustainably sourced wood pulp for Heinz Tomato Ketchup – a first in the sauce category. The Company is currently testing the prototype to assess performance before bringing the bottle to the market.
- Nabob coffee in Canada replaced its non-recyclable flexible plastic coffee bags with recyclable canisters made from 80 per cent paper fibre from renewable resources this year. This change is estimated to eliminate approximately 2.5 million plastic bags annually.