Minneapolis — Cargill, Inc. has reduced the amount of plastic used in its vegetable oil bottles and containers by more than 2.5 million pounds globally, in turn eliminating nearly 2,900 metric tons of greenhouse gases (GHG) from being released into the atmosphere annually, according to the supplier.
“Plastic packaging is a growing concern for many of our customers and consumers because of plastic waste pollution and the environmental impact of producing plastic,” says Tai Ullmann, global sustainability manager for Cargill’s edible oils business. “Using less plastic in the packaging used for our vegetable oils helps customers who have set goals around plastic reduction or recyclability, as well as reducing GHGs.”
In North America, the company eliminated 930,000 pounds of plastic used in packaging, on an annual basis, as a result of new bottling line technology, retrofitting existing equipment, and improving processes at crushing and refining facilities, Cargill reports.
The company now uses 100 percent recyclable polyethylene terephthalate plastic, and makes bottles on-site instead of shipping standard sized plastic bottles to further reduce GHG emissions in North America.
“We are always looking for new options and strategies for more environmentally friendly packaging that consumers desire. We are testing several options and soon will have new projects to announce,” says Márcio Barela, sustainability coordinator for Cargill’s global edible oils business in South America.