Plastic

Our Challenge

Plastic is a popular material used to make many products given its versatility and reasonable cost. But the large volumes and wide-spread use of plastic causes a big problem for our planet, sea life and wildlife when it’s thrown away.

As a large user of plastic material, Kmart has a responsibility to eliminate the worst forms of plastic and to transition to recycled content, and recyclable or compostable options, where possible.

Our Approach

Our approach to plastic includes:

  1. · Signing the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. This commitment aims to unite businesses, governments, and other organisations globally behind a common vision and targets to address plastic waste and pollution at its source.
  2. · As a member of the Australian Toy Association sustainability committee, we are supporting research aimed at better understanding the flow of toys through the Australian economy.
  3. · Developing a long-term sustainable plastic roadmap.

Our Progress

In the past year we have also conducted baseline assessment of our plastic usage and composition in own brand products, as a first step in developing a roadmap to meet our target on problematic plastics by 2025, and our 2030 targets in relation to recycled content.

In addition, we continue our work to phase out problematic plastic packaging. For example, to-date we have phased-out of expanded polystyrene (EPS) packaging from 76 products.

*Plant-based plastics can be made from, for example, vegetable oils, corn starch, straw, woodchips, and food waste. They are an alternative to fossil-fuel based plastics, which are made from petroleum or natural gas.

**Previously we had made a commitment that all own brand plastic products would be recyclable or compostable by 2030. However, due to continued uncertainty in terms of the development of suitable recycling infrastructure in Australia and New Zealand, we have made the decision to remove the target pending a strategic review. Once this review is complete, we will publish an updated target. We remain committed to the vision of all our plastic products being recyclable or compostable, and our team continue to work on an action plan to achieve this over the long-term.

***Compostable (and biodegradable) plastics can be decomposed by the action of living organisms, usually microbes, into water, carbon dioxide, and biomass.

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