The way our foods are packaged ensures their safety, freshness and great taste. We must also consider the impact of our packaging on the environment. These dual considerations have influenced our company’s packaging since our founding in 1906 when our cereal boxes were introduced with recycled content.
Today, as part of our zero-deforestation pledge, 97 percent of our timber-based packaging comes from either recycled or certified-sustainable content. In 2018, 65 percent of these materials were from recycled content and the remainder from verified sustainable sources. What we couldn’t fathom in 1906 was the impact of plastic packaging. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF), 311 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year and eight tonnes of this plastic enters our oceans. Of the plastic packaging produced, just 14 percent is collected for recycling globally and just five percent is retained for secondary use. We need to rethink the way we make, use and reuse plastics.
That’s why, in 2018, Kellogg announced the expansion of its Global Sustainability Commitments to include a goal of working toward 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by the end of 2025. Already, this commitment is changing the way we are working as we progress toward these goals.