The quest for supply-chain sustainability requires paying as much attention to the package as the product inside it.
That necessity that doesn’t escape global life science leader MilliporeSigma. The company has launched a four-year effort to enforce green packaging for well over 300,000 products, translating into some 30,000 shipments a day.
Speaking to SM, Jeffrey Whitford, head of global corporate responsibility and branding for the life science business of Merck*, said the sustainability of packaging has been a publicised issue in the consumer goods space, but B2B companies should also be considering the impact of packaging waste.
As part of MilliporeSigma’s commitment to reduce its environmental impact, the company has launched a new SMASH Packaging Plan — a four-year approach to drive improvement in the sustainability of its packaging. Through this initiative, MilliporeSigma is setting new standards and goals to shrink, secure, switch and save packaging while still meeting the required performance requirements and transit safety regulations.
These four goals are organized under three categories and include specific targets for 2022. MilliporeSigma will transparently report progress toward these targets.
Hershey makes packaging change and saves 271,800 pounds of paper and aluminum
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New, contemporary packaging for Hershey's Miniatures Assortment officially hit retail shelves this week. Behind the bold design are sustainable packaging practices. Each wrapper underwent a weight reduction...0.05 grams per wrapper was removed. Although it was a small change, in just one year that equated to more than 271,800 pounds of wrappers saved. Over the last five years, Hershey has had more than 175 packaging sustainability projects across three countries that have saved 14 million pounds of packaging sustainability goals.