In the war against plastic pollution, environmental groups have their sites set on plastic food packaging, in addition to plastic straws. One family-friendly company has just declared that it will be using 100 percent recyclable packaging by 2025—and we couldn’t be more excited for the planet and, more importantly, our kids’ future!

Mondelez International might not be a household name in the United States, but Oreos sure are and so are many other kid-favorite products made under the Modelez umbrella, such as Chips Ahoy, Cadbury, Nabisco, Ritz, Triscuit, Wheat Thins and so many more. The company just announced plans to produce zero-net waste packaging within the next seven years.

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“As the global snacking leader, we’re committing to using sustainably-sourced materials and recyclable packaging as part of our active contribution to reduce packaging waste and establish a circular economy for packaging,” said Rob Hargrove, Executive Vice President, Research, Development, Quality and Innovation.

In addition to making all of their packaging 100 percent recyclable, the company has also vowed to make all of their paper-based packaging sustainably sourced by 2020. In the next two years the company also aims to reduce packaging material by 65 million kilograms. They have already nearly reached this goal, with a 53.5 million-kilogram reduction since they started the effort to reduce plastics use in 2013.

“Plastic waste and its impact on the planet is a broad, systemic issue that our consumers care deeply about, and which requires a holistic response,” Hargrove said. “Together with partners from across the industry, as well as public and private entities, we can help to develop practical solutions that result in a positive environmental impact.”

—Shahrzad Warkentin



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