Eindhoven, the Netherlands – Each year, eight million tons of plastic end up in the oceans, killing one million marine birds and threatening hundreds of marine life species. Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues and consumers are increasingly critical of the packaging of products that they buy.
Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, is actively striving for a reduction of the environmental impact of its products. As part of its packaging policy, Signify already uses 80% recycled paper for its packaging and will now start phasing out all plastics from packaging for consumer-related products with the aim to be plastic-free in 2021.
By phasing out plastic used for consumer product packaging, Signify will avoid the use of over 2,500 tonnes of plastics per year. This is equal to 125 million PET bottles which, placed in a row, would stretch more than 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles), roughly the distance from Tromsø in the north of Norway, to Gibraltar at the southern tip of the Iberian peninsula, and back1. On top of that, our new packaging is smaller, reducing carbon emissions from transport and the materials we use by 6,000 tonnes per year – equivalent to the amount of CO 2 that 270,000 fully grown trees can absorb in a year2.