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.
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.
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.