SC Johnson’s Mr Muscle helps keep 1bn plastic bottles out of the ocean

SC Johnson, the parent company of household brands including Mr. Muscle, method and Ecover, has helped keep one billion plastic bottles out of the ocean.

The global initiative, which has been running in partnership with Plastic Bank since 2018, has seen 40 million kilograms of plastic being recycled or reused. It has prevented two billion plastic bottles from entering into the world’s oceans, with SC Johnson accounting for around half of that.

Plastic Bank is a social enterprise helping to revolutionise the global supply chain for recycled ocean-bound plastic while providing additional income for people in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

In addition to funding almost 380 collection centres across Indonesia, the Philippines and Brazil, SC Johnson also launched 100% recycled plastic bottles for some of its home cleaning brands, including Mr Muscle in the UK.

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“Preventing the equivalent of two billion plastic bottles from polluting our ocean ecosystems is an incredible feat, and SC Johnson is proud to play a large part in that achievement,” said chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, Fisk Johnson.

“Our partnership with Plastic Bank is one of the many actions we are taking around the world to reduce waste, increase our use of recyclable plastic in our products and support underserved communities.”

Today’s news follows SC Johnson’s announcement in 2021 that it reached its previous recycled plastic packaging target four years ahead of schedule. Last November, the company updated its target for post-consumer plastic in packaging to 25% by 2025.

“Plastic pollution and its impact on our oceans is one of the world’s most significant challenges,” added the founder and CEO of Plastic Bank, David Katz. “The collection of two billion ocean-bound plastic bottles is a testament to the fact that each of us can be a hero in reducing plastic waste while improving the lives of people who collect it.”

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