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SC Johnson Makes the Case for Reuse: A Big Reduction in Plastic Waste

Concentrated refill bottles are a small choice that can make a big impact in reducing plastic waste that ends up in landfills.
In keeping with its commitment to increase packaging reuse, SC Johnson expanded concentrated refill options in multiple countries in 2019.
It’s reported that a million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute of every day. If those bottles are single-use — and worse yet if they aren’t recycled — that can lead to a tremendous amount of plastic waste.

That’s why SC Johnson has long championed concentrated refills, starting nearly a decade ago with a Windex® concentrate pouch sold from our website. Since then, we’ve changed to easily recyclable mini bottles and expanded the brands available to include Scrubbing Bubbles®, Mr Muscle® and others.

In 2019, we took the next step, launching our concentrates on Amazon.com and other online retailers to make them accessible to more people. They’re now rolling out internationally to Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, China and Japan.
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The refills use nearly 80% less plastic compared to purchasing a new trigger bottle.
SC Johnson’s concentrated refills come in small, easy-to-pour bottles made of HDPE — the same commonly recycled packaging as a milk jug. Consumers simply refill their trigger bottle with tap water and one bottle of concentrate. A provided label helps identify what’s in the bottle for future use.

The reusable bottle extends the lifespan of the plastic further than a one-time use product, keeping additional plastic out of the waste stream.
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Plastic waste is becoming a bigger and bigger environmental problem. We hope more people can give concentrates a try as every single time you use a concentrate bottle you use nearly 80% less plastic waste.
Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO
SC Johnson trigger bottles are designed to deliver more than 10,000 sprays, meaning they can be refilled and reused dozens of times. Importantly, refilling a full-size bottle instead of buying a new trigger bottle cuts plastic waste by nearly 80 percent.

Over time, by reusing bottles with such a long lifespan, millions of kilos of plastic waste can be stopped from ending up in the waste stream.

As part of SC Johnson’s plastic reduction commitment, we are working to expand the number of concentrated refill options for our products by 2025. We intend to keep broadening the variety of refill options to enable consumers to reuse packaging and reduce waste. 

See other progress on our commitments here.

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