Another step towards reducing plastic packaging

As You Sow, a nonprofit environmental group, has had success in pushing companies to improve their sustainability.

The group was involved in getting resin suppliers to report spills, getting Taco Bell and KFC owner Yum Brands to dump expanded polystyrene, and prompting Starbucks to look for more recyclable or reusable cups.

Now she has submitted proposals from shareholders to 10 consumer goods companies and retailers calling for “commitments to absolute cuts in the use of plastic packaging”.

The suggestions were made at Amazon.com, Keurig Dr. Pepper Inc., KraftHeinz Co., Kroger Co., McDonalds Corp., Mondelez International Inc., PepsiCo, Restaurant Brands International, Target Corp. and Walmart Inc. filed. A Canadian company that owns the Burger King, Tim Hortons, and Popeye brands.

Just promoting recycling doesn’t go far enough, as You Sow said in a press release. Companies also need to reduce the demand for plastics.

In the shareholder proposals, each company is asked “to estimate how much of its plastic packaging ends up in the environment, to describe strategies or goals for reducing the use of plastic packaging and to evaluate possibilities for a drastic reduction in the plastics used for packaging”.

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