FRANCE – Carrefour, a French multinational retailer, has announced its plan to commit to 100% recyclable, reusable and compostable packaging by 2025, making it the first French retailer to commit to sustainability changes in the retail industry.
According to the company, it plans to reinvent packaging by moving away from disposable packaging in favour of a circular economy, as part of its food transition for all campaign.
Creating a new packaging economy and stamping out plastic waste is a considerable challenge that requires collective action.
In line with the Circular Economy Roadmap driven by the Ministry for Environmental and Sustainable Transition (Ministère de la transition écologique et solidaire), Carrefour supports the creation of a National Pact for plastics to achieve a 100% circular economy of packaging in France.
This transition requires a collective rethink of resource use, to reduce the use of packaging and single-use plastics and to systematize recycling.
The company is implementing measures to move away from the disposable plastic model.
The Group is planning to eliminate non-recyclable packaging of Organic fruit and vegetables and to stop selling plastic straws by the end of 2018 and to gradually replace plastic straws on juice cartons.
Carrefour is committed to using recyclable packaging for all its products, starting with its Organic Carrefour products, as of 2020.
Polystyrene trays used in the Meat, Fish and Cheese departments will be replaced with recyclable packaging.
Furthermore, Carrefour is committed to using recycled materials.
As of 2022, the Group will use 50% recycled plastics for its juice and soda bottles and 50% for its water bottles.