SC Johnson recently formed a multi-year partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to help accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The American company became the charity’s 10th global partner.
Over the past decade, SC Johnson has been working with industry experts to understand barriers to circularity and to find solutions to overcome them — and the new partnership builds on those efforts, according to the 133-year-old company.
“Plastic pollution is an enormous problem, and it is going to take businesses, governments, consumers and civil society working together to solve it,” said Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “We’re all going to have to come together.”
Known for household product brands such as Ziploc, Glade, Windex, Pledge, Shout, and Off, SC Johnson generates $10 billion in sales and employs approximately 13,000 people worldwide. Last October, the company committed to making 100% of its plastic packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. The move was one of several key corporate efforts to address ocean plastics.
The company announced plans for opening eight new recycling centers in Indonesia and formed a partnership with the Plastic Bank organization. Last year SC Johnson also signed the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to eradicate plastic waste and pollution at the source, which is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and UN Environment.
In 2018, SC Johnson introduced a new trash bag made from 100% post-consumer recycled film — including Ziploc bags — collected through a pilot program at a US recycling center. The company continues working to make curbside recycling of flexible plastic film a reality stateside.
The other Ellen MacArthur Foundation global partners are Intesa Sanpaolo, Danone, Google, H&M, Nike, Phillips, Renault, Solvay, and Unilever.
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