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Since the end of WWII, Tupperware® has become synonymous with household storage containers, so much so that some of us even refer to any household container as Tupperware®, even though the container in question may not be made by the brand.
With such widespread global recognition comes an added responsibility for sustainable practice. Tupperware® Brands is continually committed to producing environmentally-safe products and has adopted the 3R system to reduce, reuse and recycle in all of its manufacturing facilities. The company has also implemented an associate-led ECO team to make its headquarters more environmentally-efficient and safe for its employees.
In relation to the United Nations target of responsible consumption and production, Tupperware® measures-up by creating innovative and quality design products with specific standards that ensure their products will stand the test of time. Roughly one third of the food produced in the world – approximately 1.3 billion tons – is wasted every year. In the US, nearly 40% of food ends up in landfills. As a result, the company is committed to developing high-quality products that address food freshness issues, which contributes to the reduction of waste and more importantly, aims to shift consumer behavior towards more sustainable consumption habits.
Tupperware® is globally renowned for its high-quality products and lifetime warranties. Product longevity and subsequently, product responsibility is assessed by the product lifecycle. From concept, to research and development, certification and manufacturing, to consumer use, and finally, to product disposal and recycling, Tupperware® ensures that its products will not only be useful, but have a life-long impact that can be passed on from generation to generation.
Simon Hemus, COO of Tupperware® Brands states that Tupperware®’s roots are founded on sustainability. “From the beginning, our durable, high-quality products have helped thousands of households reduce waste by avoiding disposable bowls and containers. Almost 70 years later, our extensive product line continues to encourage households worldwide to reduce waste, save energy and lead healthier lifestyles. We actively seek to find new and creative ways to preserve the environment. For example, one of our best-selling products, the reusable Eco Water Bottle, has kept thousands of disposable water bottles out of landfills. Going forward, we continue to look for new and innovative ways to grow the business while preserving natural resources.”
By reducing the consumption of fuel, plastics, paper, cardboard and wood products through Tupperware®’s 3R program, the company preserves natural resources while earning considerable savings for the company. The amount of material reduced, reused and recycled results in financial savings that offset the brand’s costs on environmental and safety efforts. By increasing the amount of recyclable materials segregated from waste materials and by following worldwide environmental standards, Tupperware® has become a leader in the industry for its sustainable practices. In regards to raw materials and chemicals used in the manufacturing process, Tupperware® remains constantly vigilant and committed to seeking alternative techniques to reduce its global impact. Tupperware® also cares about its employees and continues to implement health, safety and environmental objectives through regular audits, inspections, training, and updates to policies and procedures.
Not only has Tupperware® been reducing its consumption of natural resources but it has also been implementing energy efficiency programs. As a result, the company has consistently reduced its CO2 emissions over the years and currently has fewer emissions than it did in 2008 despite increase in production.
With such a long history of success and for its sustainable achievements of today, Tupperware® proves to be a model member of the World Design Organization.