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Surf removes plastic scoops

Unilever brand Surf is removing plastic scoops across its laundry powder range, starting in June.

While the scoops are currently recyclable, in removing them from packs, Unilever says it will reduce the amount of plastic in circulation in Australia by 7.7 tonnes (the equivalent to 1.9 million plastic scoops) every year. Alongside scoop removal in New Zealand, the move is expected to see a reduction in 22.6 tonnes across the continent.

The move is in line with Unilever’s global commitments to “transform and reimagine” the way its cleaning and laundry products are created, manufactured and packaged so that they are “kinder to the planet”.

“Plastic scoops are a safe and useful tool for Aussies to have in their laundries, but we recognised that including a scoop in every pack just wasn’t necessary,” says Unilever Australia and New Zealand Head of Homecare Lorna Ash.

“By removing the scoops from our Surf powders, we’re giving Aussies a more sustainable option at the shelf, whilst still ensuring they get the best clean for their clothes.”

Unilever is communicating to ‘save your scoop’ over the coming months.

“We want to ensure that shoppers have enough time to prepare for the change in June,” says Ms Ash. “That’s why we’re asking Aussies to keep hold of their existing scoops now, so that their laundry experience with Surf remains as easy and effective as it always has over the next few months and beyond.

“We will continue communicating the dosage in ‘scoops’ on the Surf products, so it’s important to hold onto this key measuring tool. If you find yourself without a scoop, contact the Surf customer care line and we’ll send you one to use over and over again.”

Other initiatives

Many of Unilever’s laundry brands, including Omo and Surf, are already delivering products made with recycled plastic packaging, and concentrated formats made with less plastic such as the Omo Dilute-at-Home bottles.

The company has also launched Omo liquids made with naturally derived ingredients, as part of its commitment to replace 100% of the carbon derived from fossil fuels in product formulations with renewable or recycled carbon by 2030.

Coles removes scoops

Earlier this month, Coles announced it was removing the plastic measuring scoops from Coles Brand laundry powders.

The initiative, expected to save three tonnes of plastic in a single year, is already underway on products including Coles Tropical Paradise and Coles Ultra Original and Sensitive laundry powders.

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