Colgate-Palmolive still don't have a reuse/refill strategy


Colgate-Palmolive currently creates 287,000 tonnes of plastic waste a year, but they won't have a reuse/refill strategy until later this year.


The Colgate-Palmolive Company is also looking to develop a reuse/refill strategy for its products by the end of the third quarter of 2019, and is also trying to eliminate PVC in all of its packaging by 2020.

Last year, the toothpaste giant launched a recycling service in the UK, accepting any used tooth-based products, working alongside not-for-profit TerraCycle to carry out the scheme.

The charity provides any consumer who has signed up for the scheme to download a free shipping label, which sends the items to the organisation.

For every kilogram of waste that gets sent, £1 will be given to a charity of the sender’s choice.


Colgate also aims to make 50% of its packaging from recycled content by 2020.

To help with this, it’s a member of two recycling organisations in the US, Closed Loop Fund and the Recycling Partnership.

The Recycling Partnership works alongside local authorities across the country, investing in public-wide education on the importance of recycling, in an aim to improve rates.

The Closed Loop Fund is an investment group made up of manufacturers and communities to help implement waste programmes that can function as part of the circular economy.