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ACI Unveils Ambitious Circular Packaging Roadmap

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WASHINGTON - As part of the cleaning product supply chain’s commitment to a more circular economy, the American Cleaning Institute announced a new roadmap for sustainable packaging.

ACI’s ambition for the industry is for all cleaning product packaging to be circular. The roadmap for reaching this ambition includes a drive towards improving packaging design, by ensuring packaging is recyclable or reusable, reducing virgin material use and increasing post-consumer recycled or renewably sourced content.

“In accordance with the principles of a circular economy, our challenge around product packaging is to design out waste and pollution and keep materials in use, while maintaining the packaging’s essential functions,” said Melissa Grande, ACI Director of Sustainability. “Getting there will take creativity, innovation, and collaboration inside and outside the industry.”

ACI’s Roadmap for achieving its circular packaging ambition includes:

  • Design cleaning product packaging for reuse or recycling, improving our Materials Circularity Index score 25% by 2025
  • Embrace technologies to improve our Materials Circularity Index score an additional 25% by 2030
  • Working with external stakeholders, evolve systems of recovery to eliminate all cleaning product packaging waste by 2040

“A first step in reaching our ambition includes striving for 100% of cleaning product packaging to be reusable or recyclable,” said Grande. “To support this milestone, ACI is currently developing resources for our members to help them design products with this goal in mind. We also understand how critical it is to evolve our systems of recovery across the U.S. and will continue to engage and support collaborations driving towards systemic change.”

For more information about ACI’s Circular Packaging Ambition, visit:

https://www.cleaninginstitute.org/industry-priorities/sustainability/sustainability-goals/goal-value-nature

For more information about ACI’s work in Sustainability, visit: https://www.cleaninginstitute.org/industry-priorities/sustainability/  

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The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI – www.cleaninginstitute.org) is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $60 billion U.S. cleaning product supply chain. ACI members include the manufacturers and formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and chemical distributors.  ACI serves the growth and innovation of the U.S. cleaning products industry by advancing the health and quality of life of people and protecting our planet. ACI achieves this through a continuous commitment to sound science and being a credible voice for the cleaning products industry.

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