Tata Consumer Products signs India Plastics Pact

India Plastics Pact targets for change by 2030

Tata Consumer Product's leading food brands Photo Tata Consumer Products
Tata Consumer Product's leading food brands Photo Tata Consumer Products

Tata Consumer Products signed up as a founding member of the India Plastics Pact in September 2021. The India Plastics Pact is a collaboration between the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and WWF India that brings together multiple stakeholders to set time-bound target-based commitments to transform the current linear plastics system into a circular plastics economy.

The Pact seeks to transform the entire plastics value chain through a public-private collaboration with ambitious collective targets for change by 2030. The targets have been developed to address the complex challenges faced by the country and serve as a framework to counter them.

Target 1 – Define a list of unnecessary or problematic plastic packaging and items and take measures to address them through redesign and innovation.
Target 2 – 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable or recyclable.
Target 3 – 50% of plastic packaging to be effectively recycled.
Target 4 – 25% average recycled content across all plastic packaging. Click here to find out more about the India Plastics Pact

Tetley and Loop

In September 2021, Tetley in the UK took a big step forward with its programme to explore options to eliminate single use packaging by participating in a 10-store trial with Tesco and Loop, the zero-waste system. The new tins, containing 80 biodegradable Tetley tea bags are available in designated Loop branded reuse stations in select Tesco stores. The cannister is returned for washing and reused by refilling them with teabags and returning them for sale. Click here to find out more about the Tetley and Loop reuse trial.

UK Plastics Pact

Tata Consumer UK officially joined the UK Plastics Pact in October 2018. This is a collaborative initiative between UK businesses across the plastics value chain, UK governments, and NGOs to create a circular economy for plastics. By 2025 the UK Plastics Pact aims to – Design 100% plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable; Recycle or compost 70% of plastic packaging; Use 30% average recycled content across all plastics packaging; and, Eliminate problematic and unnecessary single-use packaging items. Click here to find out more about the UK Plastics Pact

Tata Salt and Tata Tea brands, India

Tata Consumer is implementing recyclable packaging for Tata Salt and Tata Tea brands to eliminate the use of multi laminate packaging. It is also maximising the reuse of secondary packaging, resulting in efficient use of resources.

Explore more initiatives

Tata Consumer Products is also exploring other avenues for respecting human resources sustainability and recyclable packaging and systems. These include Extended Producer Responsibility Zero Waste to Landfill Modern Slavery statement UK and the UK Gender Pay Gap 2020.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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