Waste & packaging

Packaged goods at Uniever's Hefei factory in China

The packaging challenge

From the factory floor to the shop shelf, we will use only the essential amount of packaging materials to contain our products and will continue to reduce, reuse, recycle and eliminate as much packaging material as possible.

In recent years, concern has been growing about the environmental impacts of packaging in terms of the resources used to make it and its contribution to waste. As part of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan we have set ourselves a bold target to halve the waste associated with our products by 2020. We will achieve this through a combination of reducing, reusing, recycling and eliminating certain packaging materials.

We also continue to tackle the waste arising from our manufacturing operations through our eco-efficiency programme. At the same time we are addressing waste in our offices and aiming to source 100% of the paper and board for our packaging from certified sustainably managed forests or from recycled material by 2020.

Our waste strategy

Reducing our packaging without compromising on protection or safety.

Recycling station in Sao Paolo, Brazil

Our waste & packaging strategy

Targets & performance

Performance against our Sustainable Living Plan targets.

Recycling banner in Brazil

Targets & performance

Our waste footprint

Analysis has identified the biggest opportunities for reductions.

Crop from a Persil advert, UK

Our waste & packaging footprint

Reduce, reuse, recycle

New technologies, materials and innovative design are helping us reduce our packaging footprint.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Tackling sachet waste

Working on technology solutions to reduce litter associated with product sachets.

Tackling sachet waste

Reducing waste

Boosting our efforts to reduce waste from our manufacturing operations.

Reducing waste in manufacturing

Reducing office waste

We are committed to reducing waste produced from our offices.

Reducing office waste


Partnerships are crucial to help us increase recycling and recovery of packaging waste.

Waste & packaging partnerships