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Continuing to lead the transition to alternative solutions


Plastic pollution is one of the defining environmental challenges of our time. When plastic is used only once or is not properly recycled, it damages our environment, pollutes our oceans and can enter the food chain. We recognise our responsibility to be part of the solution on designing out waste and ensuring less plastic ends up in nature.

Our scale means we can drive change quickly and we are well placed to provide customers with trusted and objective advice on complex issues.

Our commitments

Taking further action on packaging and products

Today

We will support our customers to remove, replace and reduce single use plastics.

 

Tomorrow

We will significantly increase the amount of recyclable, compostable or reusable packaging supplied to our customers to help them meet their targets.

Beyond

Every single packaging product and disposable in our range will be offered with an alternative that is recyclable, reusable, compostable or renewable.

Alternative Packaging Piechart

Leading a shift to alternative packaging materials


The majority of packaging products we supply are recyclable, compostable, renewable or reusable – only 15% of our revenue is currently attributable to single-use plastic packaging and 51% of our packaging is already recyclable, compostable, renewable or reusable.

We have a strong track record of helping our customers transition to alternatives successfully and we’re well positioned to benefit from the transition to alternative products.


Notes:

  • 2019 revenue taken as the base reference year given 2020 data materially disrupted by pandemic
  • Packaging refers to packaging and other products within the foodservice, grocery and retail sectors which are facing legislation or consumer pressure
  • We have exercised our judgement to allocate the sales in 2019 to the four packaging categories shown

Leading a shift to alternative packaging materials


The majority of packaging products we supply are recyclable, compostable, renewable or reusable – only 15% of our revenue is currently attributable to single-use plastic packaging and 51% of our packaging is already recyclable, compostable, renewable or reusable.

We have a strong track record of helping our customers transition to alternatives successfully and we’re well positioned to benefit from the transition to alternative products.


Notes:

  • 2019 revenue taken as the base reference year given 2020 data materially disrupted by pandemic
  • Packaging refers to packaging and other products within the foodservice, grocery and retail sectors which are facing legislation or consumer pressure
  • We have exercised our judgement to allocate the sales in 2019 to the four packaging categories shown
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The types of packaging and products we supply

Consumable products facing regulation

Plastic products most commonly being addressed by legislation in our markets (e.g. straws, stirrers, plates, bowls and cutlery).

63%

of sales of these products sold across UK&I and Continental Europe have already transitioned to products made from alternative materials.

Consumable products likely to transition to alternative materials

Plastic products that have measures and legislation in place to control their usage, for example a charge for using plastic bags (e.g. carrier and fresh produce bags, coffee cups, cold drink cups).

21%

of all bags sold across the Bunzl Group were paper.

Packaging with an important purpose

Plastic products where alternatives don't currently exist at scale or where careless substitution of plastic could lead to negative, unintended consequences such as increased food waste (e.g. fresh meat, fruit, vegetable trays, films, takeaway boxes).

51%

of all packets and wrappers (e.g. hot deli bags) sold across the Group were made from alternative materials.

Packaging and products made from alternative materials

Products that are widely recyclable or compostable (in line with national guidance), made from a renewable resource, for example palm leaf or sugar cane or reusable products such as 'bags for life' or refillable coffee cups. 

c.76%

of food containers across North America are products made from alternative materials.

Supporting a more circular economy

Supporting smart material choices

We develop new packaging strategies for customers and provide alternative products that meet customer targets and product requirements.

Designing for circularity not waste

We’re supporting our customers to adapt to new legislation and transition to recyclable, compostable, renewable and reusable products.

Promoting responsible packaging usage and reusable options

We’re working with our customers to rationalise the products they use.

Partnering to support closed-loop solutions

We’re supporting our customers’ circular initiatives and recycling practices.