According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 311 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year, the equivalent of more than 900 Empire State Buildings1. Annually, 8 million metric tonnes of this plastic enter our oceans.
Plastic food packaging adds to this issue; it also plays an important role in food quality, safety and reducing food waste. Fortunately, this isn’t an either/or proposition. Already, Kellogg has one of the smallest plastic packaging footprints among peer food companies2 and 76% of our packaging is recyclable globally. We’re working hard to ensure that more of our packaging contributes to the circular economy. For example, 100% of our timber-based packaging that goes into cereal and other boxes comes from low risk, certified-sustainable or recycled sources.
We’ve set a sustainable packaging goal to work toward 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by the end of 2025. We’re committed to following circular economy principles and excluding, reducing and replacing plastic. We’re also aggressively collaborating with our partners to drive cutting-edge innovation that will impact how packaging protects and enhances our foods with an even smaller environmental impact.
2 Kellogg global plastic packaging volume: 62,488 MT, peer comparison: EMF Report, Spring 2019 among peer companies <$10 Billion Revenue.