Unilever R&D lead on plastics circularity – Australia

Posted on September 13, 2021 by DrRossH in Plastic Recycling

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In Australia, we consume 3.5 million tonnes of plastic annually and five kilograms of plastic enter the ocean per person each year. That’s more than three times the global average. But in our everyday lives it can be easy to forget about these numbers.

Our goal at Unilever is to ensure all our plastic packaging is high-grade and recyclable – we focus on using PET (1), HDPE (2) and PP (5) bottles.

It sounds simple enough in theory, but in practice it can be much more complicated. For example, until recently, number 2 (HDPE) black plastic could not be ‘seen’ by recycling technology and therefore was not being recycled as much as it should be.

Good to see big firms making a start on this.  Getting recycled material cost and quality competitive to virgin material is going to be key.