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DS Smith Replaces One Billion Pieces of Plastic Ahead of Schedule


Ahead of schedule and in partnership with some of the most iconic fast-moving consumer goods brands in the world, DS Smith announced today it has replaced over 1.2 billion pieces of plastics across its international markets, surpassing the target 16 months ahead of schedule in advance of its 2025 target1. This marks a key sustainability milestone for one of the leading international suppliers of more sustainable packaging solutions.

The company's target included any primary or secondary plastic packaging that has now been reduced or completely removed from customers' packaging as a direct result of DS Smith's plastic replacement solution.

The achievement has its roots in a plastic replacement and reduction program established in 2020 as part of DS Smith's Now & Next Sustainability Strategy, which supports the business's Purpose to Redefine Packaging For A Changing World.

"When we set our Now and Next sustainability strategy, we wanted to include goals that delivered environmental change beyond as well as within DS Smith. By innovating to help our customers replace or reduce plastics, we are responding to societal demands to reduce plastic pollution, as well as growing our partnerships with customers," said Miles Roberts, Group Chief Executive, DS Smith. "I am proud of every single member of the DS Smith team for achieving this goal, and a year early. However, this is very much the beginning. There are many more positive impacts we can make by supporting our customers and communities in their sustainability goals and we are extremely motivated by this mission."

The target extends across DS Smith's operations in 27 countries across Europe and North America, working towards the shared, circular, objective to design out waste and keep materials in use for longer. Certain markets stand out, having reduced or avoided the most amount of plastic through supply of fiber-based alternatives:

  1. The UK leads the way, having replaced over 274 million pieces of plastic.
  2. France follows, having replaced more than 260 million pieces.
  3. Germany is in third place after replacing over 153 million pieces.

Everyday plastic items that have been replaced from supermarket shelves include fruit and vegetable punnets, plastic carriers, and shrink-wrap that is commonly found on soft drink bottles.

Demand for plastic replacement continues to grow ? throughout East Europe, the company has almost doubled the annual amount of plastic pieces replaced since the target was set in 2020.2

Critical to meeting the 1 billion target, and a fundamental part of the design process at DS Smith, are DS Smith's Circular Design Principles and Circular Design Metrics, which were created in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Each of DS Smith's almost 800 designers have been trained in Circular Design Principles and are able to assess performance against areas such as recycled content and recyclability, indicative estimated CO2 emissions, levels of excess waste and supply chain parameters in partnership with customers.

DS Smith has implemented the Circular Design Metrics ? an industry first ? across a range of sectors, including retail goods, food and beverages, automotive parts, and industrial devices.

About DS Smith:

DS Smith is a leading provider of sustainable fiber-based packaging worldwide, which is supported by recycling and papermaking operations. It plays a central role in the value chain across sectors including e-commerce, fast moving consumer goods and industrials.

Through its purpose of ?Redefining Packaging for a Changing World' and its Now and Next sustainability strategy, DS Smith is committed to leading the transition to the circular economy, while delivering more circular solutions for its customers and wider society ? replacing problem plastics, taking carbon out of supply chains and providing innovative recycling solutions. Its bespoke box-to-box in 14 days model, design capabilities and innovation strategy sit at the heart of this response.

Headquartered in London and a member of the FTSE 100, DS Smith operates in 34 countries employing around 30,000 people and is a Strategic Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Its history can be traced back to the box-making businesses started in the 1940s by the Smith family. www.dssmith.com

Notes to editor:

Definition of plastic replaced:

Any plastic, whether from the customer's primary or secondary packaging, that has now been reduced in volume or completely removed from the customer's existing packaging as a direct result of DS Smith's "plastic replacement" packaging solution, is considered within scope of this target. Plastics include, but are not limited to: HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE, PA (nylon), PE-maleic anhydride, PET, PP, PP orientated, PS, PU, PVC, Foams (e.g. EPE, EPS, EPU), and Laminates.

Product examples:

A range of new and innovative fiber-based designs have made meeting the 1 billion plastic replacement target possible. Key highlights include:

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1 Any plastic, whether from the customer's primary or secondary packaging, that has now been reduced in volume or completely removed from the customer's existing packaging as a direct result of DS Smith's "plastic replacement" packaging solution, is considered within scope of this target. Plastics include, but are not limited to: HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE, PA (nylon), PE-maleic anhydride, PET, PP, PP orientated, PS, PU, PVC, Foams (e.g. EPE, EPS, EPU), and Laminates.

2 91% increase in yearly amount of plastic replaced in East European region when comparing FY 2020/21 to FY 2023/24.

 


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