Stationery, lighters and shavers company BIC announced today a series of new sustainability commitments, aimed at transforming the company’s approach to plastic, significantly improving its products’ environmental footprint and reducing its carbon emissions.
The new goals introduced by BIC include targeting 50% non-virgin petroleum plastic for its products by 2030, with a goal of 20% by 2025, and reaching 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable consumer plastic packaging by 2025.
BIC stated that the new commitments are part of the company’s “Writing the Future, Together” 2025 sustainability program. Launched in 2018, the program sets out broad sustainability goals for the company, including fostering sustainable innovation by improving the environmental and/or societal footprint of its products; helping combat climate change by aiming for 80% renewable electricity usage with a long-term vision of 100%; committing to a safe work environment by aiming for zero accidents across all operations; proactively involving its suppliers to ensure the most secure, innovative, and efficient sourcing; and; enhancing lives through education by improving learning conditions for 250 million children, globally.
Gonzalve Bich, Chief Executive Officer of BIC, said:
“I am proud that we are taking BIC’s circular economy journey to the next level by transforming the way we use plastic. BIC has been at the forefront of Sustainability for more than 15 years; it is a core element of everything we do, from how we operate to the products and solutions we bring to consumers. We know shoppers are increasingly looking for more sustainable options and that is what we will continue to deliver. It’s our 4R philosophy: reducing the amount of raw materials used to make our products, including as much recycled or alternative materials as possible, making more refillable products, and improving the recyclability of our products and packaging.”