While other brands are doing their best to replace the plastic straw, another food item could be getting a major makeover. Kraft Heinz Co. has announced that they will be trading in their current packaging designs for more eco-friendly alternatives. The Chicago-based super-brand said that it will be making 100 percent of its packaging globally recyclable, reusable, or compostable by 2025. That means in the next seven years we could see some greener versions of products we know and love.
Caroline Krajewski, head of global corporate reputation for the company, revealed to Bloomberg that "everything is on the table," packaging-wise, including those infamous non-recyclable, non-reusable ketchup packets made with foil and plastic. Also up for a makeover: multi-laminate Capri Sun juice pouches and individually wrapped Kraft Singles.
"Our collective industry has a massive challenge ahead of us with respect to packaging recyclability, end-of-life recovery and single-use plastics," said Kraft Heinz CEO Bernardo Hees in a press release. "Even though we don't yet have all the answers, we owe it to current and future generations who call this planet 'home' to find better packaging solutions and actively progress efforts to improve recycling rates."
If you want to be a smarter consumer, avoid plastic and non-recyclable packaging. They're on our list of the least eco-friendly things you can buy at the grocery store.