What are brands in India doing?

To understand what brands in India are doing, The Hindu sent a questionnaire to 20 companies about their India plans for reducing post-consumer plastic packaging. Eleven companies responded, all of which had plastic recycling programmes. Three of them — Marico, Haldiram’s and Proctor & Gamble didn’t reveal further specifics. Reckitt Benckiser India shared its global policy for plastic, which includes resizing bottles to save plastic. Within India, the resizing of its Lizol bottles saved 107 tonnes of plastic a year, while resizing of Harpic bottles saved 43 tonnes. Both Proctor & Gamble and Reckitt Benckiser have global goals to make all packaging recyclable or reusable by 2030 and 2025, respectively.

Survey method: Companies were chosen from the results of an audit conducted by Bengaluru-based NGO Hasiru Dala in June 2018. As part of the audit, volunteers scanned through plastic waste at eight locations in the city, including five dry-waste collection centres. They identified 607 brands of plastic packaging, out of which 40 brands were the major contributors. The Hindu contacted 20 of them randomly. While this sample isn’t representative of India (other brands may constitute a far larger proportion of waste in other cities), several of the contacted brands were multinational, while others had a presence across multiple States.

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