Ahead of opening the experience, SC Johnson and Conservation International were joined by the Financial Times for a panel discussion with leading sustainability figures across policy, business, academia and NGOs. Titled “Solving the Ocean Plastic Crisis,” the event featured an interview chaired by Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor for the Financial Times, with SC Johnson’s Chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson and M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International, followed by a panel discussion with participation from Rt. Honourable John Gummer, Lord Deben, Chairman of the U.K. Government Committee on Climate Change; Cherilyn Mackrory, MP – Truro and Falmouth and member of the Environmental Audit Committee; Richard Walker, Managing Director of Iceland Foods; Professor Tamara Galloway, OBE, from the University of Exeter; and Jo Ruxton, Founder of the NGO Ocean Generation. The discussion was hosted on-site at The Blue Paradox and broadcast live by the Financial Times for international viewers to join virtually.
The recording is available to watch on the FT Live website: https://oceanplasticcrisis.live.ft.com/
Some of the actions SC Johnson has taken to help create a waste-free world include:
Tackling Plastic Waste
• In 2019, SC Johnson announced an expanded global partnership with Plastic Bank to stop plastic waste from entering the ocean and fight poverty. As part of the three-year partnership, 30,000 metric tons of ocean-bound plastic will be collected, the equivalent of preventing approximately 1.5 billion plastic bottles from entering the world’s oceans. The collected plastic is being incorporated into new product packaging including Mr Muscle® Platinum Window & Glass Cleaner in the U.K. and Windex® in North America.
• The company has committed to making 100% of its plastic packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable, along with tripling the amount of post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic content, by 2025. Currently, 65% of SC Johnson plastic packaging is designed to be recyclable, reusable or compostable, and 19% of SC Johnson’s packaging is PCR, up from 14% in 2019. And since February 2021, all Mr Muscle® trigger bottles sold in the U.K. are now made using 100% PCR plastic.
• SC Johnson is committed to continuing to remove excess plastics wherever possible. The company has eliminated more than 6.1 million kilograms of unnecessary or problematic plastic packaging since 2018.
• SC Johnson introduced the company’s first concentrated refill in the U.K. in 2019 for its Mr Muscle® line of cleaning products and introduced the first concentrated refill in the U.S. in 2010. These concentrate bottles use about 80% less plastic compared to a typical trigger bottle. Additionally, the company’s brand Ecover® is currently testing refill stations in Belgium, Netherlands and the U.K., with participation from retailers Delhaize, Albert Heijn, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.
• In 2019, SC Johnson signed on as the 10th global partner with Ellen MacArthur Foundation to help advance a circular economy. The multi-year partnership builds on SC Johnson's decades-long journey to improve the sustainability of its products. As part of this effort, the company has spent years working with industry experts to understand barriers to circularity and to find solutions to overcome them.
• Over the last two years, SC Johnson has formed first-of-its kind partnerships with U.S. professional sports teams, like the Milwaukee Bucks and Milwaukee Brewers, to implement new recycling initiatives to better recycle the more than 1 million plastic cups that are used at the teams’ respective stadiums throughout their seasons. The cups collected will then be turned into 100% PCR bottles for Scrubbing Bubbles® bottles in North America.
Ending Manufacturing Waste and Green Energy Production
• Since 2019, all of our global consumer brand business unit factories send zero manufacturing waste to landfill, and our other facilities are working toward that goal.
• 35% of the company’s total energy use is from renewable sources; the goal is to reach 50% by 2025.
• SC Johnson has achieved a 68% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing versus its 2000 baseline (indexed to production); the goal is 90% by 2025.
For more information on SC Johnson’s efforts to create a waste-free world, visit: www.scjohnson.com/en/a-more-sustainable-world.
About SC Johnson
Founded in 1886 and headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin USA, SC Johnson believes that a more sustainable, healthier and transparent world that inspires people and creates opportunities isn't just possible – it's our responsibility.
A heritage of innovation and bold, transparent decisions is why our high-quality products and iconic brands – including OFF!® Raid®, Glade®, Windex®, Scrubbing Bubbles®, Ziploc®, Mrs. Meyers®, method®, Autan®, Baygon®, Mr Muscle®, Duck®, Lysoform® and more – are in homes, schools and businesses in virtually every country worldwide.
As a global, purpose-led company, we are committed to making the world a better place today and for future generations. That means relentlessly bringing our expertise in science, innovation and partnerships to bear on some of the world's most pressing environmental and health issues like reducing plastic waste and eradicating malaria. Around the world, we use our resources to unlock greater economic and educational opportunities for people and communities where access may be limited, but curiosity and potential are limitless.