EU Packaging Waste Management

Carrefour Announce New Plastic and Packaging Policy

Carrefour aims for 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging for its company owned brands by 2025.

Carrefour made this announcement a few days ago. This decision should be seen in a broader picture referred to as a food transition. More and more customers buy organic food and find the abundant packaging a contradiction. Carrefour is a french company and French refer to organic food as bio food.

Practically this means that:

  • Carrefour will reduce the use of single use plastics, but there are other things also.
  • Non-recyclable single use plastic packaging of their bio fruit and vegetables will be removed and plastic straws will not be sold anymore before the end of the year.
  • The packaging of Carrefour’s BIO brands (organic brands in English) will be recyclable and meat, fish and cheese polystyrene trails will be replaced by recyclable packaging by 2020. Carrefour’s drinks, juices and water bottles will be made with 50 % recycled plastics by 2022.
  • Carrefour plans to sell some products in bulk but acknowledge that some product cannot be sold in bulk such as yoghurt for instance.

Carrefour wants to be a leader and wants other retailer the follow the path. Carrefour is in favour of a national plastics pact in France for a 100 % circular economy with regards to packaging. It’s not about fighting packaging or plastics, its about getting rid of unnecessary packaging. The group made the statement that they were in favour of citizens actions such as Plastic Attacks and that they will communicate to and educate their customers.