NETHERLANDS – The Dutch dairy cooperative, Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. has announced that it will make 100% of its packaging recyclable by 2025 after signing the Plastic Pact NL., an initiative aligned with the Netherlands proposed circular economy.

The company has committed to using less plastic and eliminate ‘unnecessary’ plastics in its operations in a bid to alleviate the impacts of plastic and oceanic pollution.

The journey towards 100% recyclable packaging will include using less plastic, reuse and recycle more plastic and making new materials that are fully recyclable.

“FrieslandCampina wants to lead with sustainability. All our packaging will be 100% recyclable by 2025, including plastic packaging. In order to close the chain as well as possible, we also want to be able to use as much recycled plastic as possible in our packaging.

It’s great that more than 70 frontrunners are now joining forces in this Pact, so that we can accelerate the closing of the plastic chain,” said Bas Roelofs, Managing Director FrieslandCampina Consumer Dairy Netherlands, who signed the pact.

FrieslandCampina joins more than 70 other organisations including food companies, supermarkets, festivals, caterers, producers, packers and environmental lobbies.

The members of the pact have committed to make interventions on the circular ladder with a goal to improve recyclability and boost recycled plastics applications.

The pact was created by the Dutch government as the country aims to reduce plastic waste levels and move towards a circular economy.

Put forward by Stientje van Veldhoven, the Dutch government’s state secretary for infrastructure and waste management, Plastic Pact NL complements the ambitious goal to create a fully circular economy by 2050.

The government is looking to achieve this target by halving the amount of raw materials used for packaging production by 2030 by utilising materials that already exist.

As concerns around plastic pollution arise around the world, global manufacturers including leading food companies have pledged to put joint efforts in creating a circular economy.

Unilever announced similar commitment to using 100% recyclable plastic packaging by 2025 in 2017 while Nestle last year, said it targets to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.