Eliminating Waste

Leading consumer goods companies and retailers see physical waste as a significant risk. They’re under pressure from consumers, employees, investors, and social stakeholders to reduce single-use packaging and unsaleable products – because these issues have an impact on both their bottom line and our shared global resources. That’s why many are setting major public commitments to move towards ‘zero waste’. Now they’re looking for smart ways to make that a reality.

Insights

Packaging and food waste have become a global concern

Targets

Leading companies are stepping forward to set bold targets for waste reduction

Retailers like Kroger and Tesco have set ‘zero waste’ targets for food and packaging:

“We believe that what gets measured gets managed. Ultimately, the only way to tackle food waste is to understand the challenge - to know where in the supply chain food is wasted.”

– Dave Lewis, CEO, Tesco


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Leading Fast Moving Consumer Goods companies are trialing new models to tackle packaging waste

At Davos 2019, leading companies including Procter & Gamble, Nestlé, Unilever, PepsiCo, and Danone announced the ‘Loop’ initiative in partnership with recycling company Terracycle. The coalition will offer consumers everyday items in reusable packaging, which is then picked up from the doorstep to be cleaned, refilled, and reused.

Progress

Eliminating waste in partnership with some of the world’s leading companies

Reducing wood waste with Walmart

Leftover display units pose a significant challenge for retailers – taking up space, adding cost, and wasting natural resources.

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Customer Insights

Perspectives from some of the world’s leading companies
on smarter and more sustainable supply chains

Breakthrough Challenge Areas

Eliminating waste is a reputational imperative and commercial
opportunity for manufacturers and retailers alike

Within the Eliminating Waste agenda, Brambles' customers and solutions experts identified three specific breakthrough challenge
areas where new collaborative approaches could unlock significant shared value:

How can we reduce, upcycle, or unlock additional value from single-use packaging?

How can we reduce unsaleables and the amount of food that doesn’t make it to the consumer?

How can companies’ operations become more circular, and work towards ‘net positive’ supply chains?

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