Could billions of plastic sachets be prevented from entering the ocean?

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The Company Unilever are developing a technology that could prevent billions of plastic sachets from entering our oceans. This will be done through a system called CreaSolv Process, the plastic from the sachets will be recovered and then used to make new ones.

Unilever are a huge goods company who are behind brands such as Dove, Ben & Jerry’s and Marmite. They are currently making a big push towards more sustainable packaging. The company sells billions of products in single-use sachets each year, including cosmetics and food products. They say that they have now developed new technology to recycle them, which will prevent packaging  from ending up in our oceans or in landfill. Unilever will open an initial plant in Indonesia to test the technology.

The latest announcement is part of Unilever’s pledge to ensure all of its plastic packaging is fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

Predictions by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation are that our ocean could contain more plastic than fish by 2050, this has forced brands to rethink their packaging.

The Co-op have said they aim to reduce their landfill waste by introducing a new recyclable packaging for its pizzas. Also company Johnson & Johnson have stopped selling plastic cotton buds, the company will instead use paper to make the stick of the buds.


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