Over the past year, SC Johnson has also expanded its plastic packaging refill scheme in partnership with major e-commerce companies including Amazon

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First founded in 1886, SC Johnson is regarded as one of the oldest family run businesses in the US (Credit: SC Johnson)

Consumer products manufacturer SC Johnson has announced 94% of its plastic packaging is now recyclable, reusable or compostable, with the firm on track to meet its 2025 commitments to reduce such waste.

Owner of cleaning brands such as Mr Muscle and Duck, the company revealed it had achieved a 1.7 million kilogramme reduction in the amount of plastic used in its primary packaging over the past 12 months.

The announcement was part of the company’s 2018/19 Sustainability Report released this week.

Chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson said: “We’re at a tipping point in the global plastic waste crisis.

“Governments are making plans to take action, consumers are vowing to change behaviours, and businesses are stepping up to help.

“These are all important steps forward to solving this critical issue.

“While there are no easy solutions, the progress I’ve seen first-hand around the world gives me reason for hope.”

SC Johnson’s progress on plastic

SC Johnson revealed a range of commitments to accelerate its progress on tackling the plastic waste issue in 2018.

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This year has seen the expansion of SC Johnson’s concentrated refill offerings on e-commerce platforms such as Amazon (Credit: Flickr)

In 2018/19, SC Johnson has used 100% post-consumer recycled bottles for several product lines, including the industry’s first 100% recycled ocean plastic bottle.

This year has also seen the expansion of the company’s concentrated refill offerings on e-commerce platforms such as Amazon.

The firm says it’s ahead of schedule for its 2021 commitment of sending no manufacturing waste to landfill, with its Plastic Bank partnership creating nine recycling centres in Indonesia.

Johnson said: “I’m proud of the work being done by the teams at SC Johnson to meet these goals, but there’s more work to be done.

“I hope others will continue to join us.”


SC Johnson partnership with circular economy charity Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Earlier this year, SC Johnson became the tenth global partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, joining companies including Google, Phillips and Unilever.

It followed on from CEO Johnson joining the charity’s founder Dame Ellen MacArthur and United Nations environment executive director Erik Solheim to launch the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment in 2018.

The scheme, which has been signed by more than 400 organisations, commits signatories to making 100% of their plastic packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.

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Chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson with Roberto Ampuero Espinoza, minister of foreign Affairs, Chile (centre) and Dame Ellen MacArthur after signing the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment (Credit: Graham Crouch/AP Photography for SC Johnson)

It also pushes companies to eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and move towards re-use models where relevant by the same year.

Dame Ellen said: “Built upon their strong history as a family company and pioneering work on transparency and product circularity, SC Johnson is taking a leadership role to help redesign global systems according to circular economy principles, and to address major challenges such as plastic pollution.

“We are delighted to welcome SC Johnson as a global partner and look forward to the progress we can drive together, towards an economy that works in the long-term.”