McCormick & Company Pledges 100% Circular Economy Plastic Packaging

(Photo Credit: McCormick and Company)

by | Nov 2, 2018

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(Photo Credit: McCormick and Company)

McCormick & Company is aiming for making sure that 100% of their plastic packaging can be reused, recycled or repurposed by 2025. The maker of spices, seasoning mixes, condiments set this target as part of their purpose-led performance goals.

In order to reach this target, the company plans to increase recycled content in packaging and develop new packaging designs that reduce the use of plastic. The company will also continue adopting renewable materials, composting, and working on phasing out single-use plastic.

“Our new packaging commitment represents just one of the many ways McCormick is working to embed sustainability through everything we do,” said Lawrence Kurzius, chairman, president, and CEO.

The spicemaker is the latest in a growing list of companies that have made 2025 packaging commitments this year. Others making sustainable packaging pledges in 2018 included Nestlé, Evian, Kraft Heinz, DS SmithAmcor, and German chemical and consumer goods company Henkel.

When McCormick introduced their purpose-led performance (PLP) 2025 goals a year ago, those targets included reducing the company’s packaging carbon footprint by 25%. Speaking with Environmental Leader, Michael Okoroafor, VP of global sustainability and packaging innovation for McCormick, called PLP a holistic approach that means not just focusing on packaging weight but looking at the entire carbon footprint.

Okoroafor discussed the advantages, such as cost and recyclability, to redesigning McCormick’s pepper can from being metal to PET plastic. “They look the same, but the plastic pepper can has a 16% lower carbon footprint than the metal can,” he said.

Details about the company’s purpose-led performance goals can be found here.

Based in Hunt Valley, Maryland, McCormick has $4.8 billion in annual sales. Last month, the company announced that its new global headquarters is designed to be LEED Gold-certified. Construction on the office for 1,000 employees incorporated locally sourced materials and a green roof.

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