Kellogg Company is based in downtown Battle Creek. Photo via flickr.com
Kellogg Company has set a new global sustainability goal for itself.
The Battle Creek-based food maker announced this fall it will work toward using all “reusable, recyclable or compostable” packaging by the end of 2025.
“Nurturing our planet is a foundational value of Kellogg,” said Steve Cahillane, chair and CEO, Kellogg Company. “It's imperative we are part of a solution that ensures a healthy and sustainable planet for all people around the world.”
The plan extends the company’s Sustainability 2020 commitment, which includes ensuring 100-percent of all timber-based packaging is either recycled or certified as sustainably sourced.
Of the 311-million metric tons of plastic produced each year, 14 percent of plastic packaging is collected for recycling globally and 5 percent of it is retained for secondary use, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Kellogg has been working with its suppliers to identify packaging designs that minimize waste, while ensuring the quality and safety of its foods.
In Europe, the company launched a project to move its cereal pouches to a recycle-ready material by late 2019, which will remove an estimated 480 metric tons of non-recyclable packaging from its supply chain each year.
Kellogg has already implemented the plan internally at its facilities. In April, the company announced the transition to compostable and paper food service products in all of its plants and offices globally by the end of 2018, fully eliminating all single-use foam and plasticware, plastic straws and plastic water bottles.
Founded in 1906, Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) offers more than 1,600 foods, including cereal, savory snacks and frozen foods.
Its brands include Pringles, Cheez-It, Keebler, Special K, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, Pop-Tarts, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Eggo, Mini-Wheats, Kashi, RXBAR and more.
Kellogg had 2017 sales of about $13 billion.