Two years ago Mercadona developed an ambitious plan, which would involve a total investment of 140 million euros, to reduce its plastic consumption and improve waste management in its stores; which have also been transformed over the last year to a more sustainable model.
Strategy 6.25 consists of six specific actions to achieve a triple objective by 2025: reduce the plastic in its packaging by 25%, make all of its plastic packaging recyclable, and recycle all of its plastic waste.
The company has already eliminated single-use plastic bags and household items and is continuing to reduce the plastic used in its packaging, improve the products’ recyclability and provide the Bosses (the customers) with information on how to recycle.
The chain is implementing its Strategy 6.25 to reduce plastic and manage its waste, and in under a year it has adapted all of its stores to the 6.25 Store model.
Through its Strategy 6.25, and with an investment of €140 million, the company’s goal is to reduce the plastic in its packaging by 25%, make all of its packaging recyclable, and recycle all of its plastic waste by 2025.
In the last year, the company has completed the first two actions in the plan by converting all of its stores to the Store 6.25 format in under a year, a process which has required an investment of €30 million.
The chain is implementing its Strategy 6.25 to reduce plastic and manage its waste and in under a year it has adapted all of its stores to the Store 6.25 model.
During 2019 and 2020 it has reduced its electricity consumption by 39.7 million kWh, it has installed more than 1,400 solar panels, and it has ended the year with a total of 1,020 “Stores 8”, which reduce energy consumption by up to 40% compared to a conventional supermarket.
In 2020 it joined the international initiative, Lean&Green, promoted by the AECOC, and it developed an Emissions Reduction Plan with which it will be able to certify a 20% reduction in its logistics emissions between 2015 and 2019.
The chain introduced major improvements in 2019 and 2020, reassessing its processes and implementing new green and sustainable strategies.
By 2025, Mercadona will have reduced the plastic on its shelves by 25%, will only use recyclable packaging and will recycle all of its plastic waste.
The company will invest more than 140 million euros in its 6.25 Strategy, and today it has completed the first of its 6 actions across the entire chain, which will reduce its plastic use by 3,200 tonnes a year.
In 2021 the chain will transform all its stores to the Store 6.25 model, making visible the company’s changes aimed at reducing plastic.
The chain has created a multidisciplinary work team that will be responsible for identifying and specifying the changes that will need to be introduced in the different processes of the assembly line in order to reduce plastic.
The company, through the UME (Military Emergencies Unit), has provided the field hospital set up at Ifema with essential hygiene products, including toothpaste, toothbrushes, shower gel-shampoo, razors and shaving foam.
This latest initiative means Mercadona has now donated 60 tonnes of food and basic hygiene products in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, these having gone to the field hospital at Ifema and welfare organisations.
The new Corporate Program will support business projects that provide solutions in areas such as the reduction and elimination of plastics, energy savings, waste management, healthy products, and urban distribution.
The selected entrepreneurs will be provided with financial support, advice, and training from both entities and will have use of the facilities of Marina de Empresas.
All single-use plastic bags will be removed from all stores starting today, 15 April. In the company’s more than 1,600 stores, there will only be three options to do your shopping: paper bags, bags made of 50-70% of recycled plastic from the packaging used in stores, and raffia baskets.
This initiative entails the annual reuse of 3,000 tonnes of plastic recovered from the supermarket company’s stores, which it turns into shopping bags. The process, carried out by Saica Natur, turns Mercadona's plastic waste into new recycled resources.
Mercadona encourages its customers to reuse the bags and baskets we all have at home to encourage us all to follow the principles of Circular Economy.