While the food giant Unilever wants to drastically reduce its consumption of plastic in the coming years, the solution to reduce the use of plastic in large retailers could well be the "bulk" according to our editorialist economy, Axel de Tarlé.


Faced with the proliferation of plastic, a solution is gaining ground in supermarkets: the "bulk", reveals our columnist Axel de Tarlé.

And why not ? After all, we got used to shopping when we bring our own bags because there is no more plastic bag in the stores. And in the same way, will we have to make the habit of bringing our own jars, to buy tea, coffee, laundry or shampoo?

Yesterday, a study of the "Observatory Society and Consumption" for Citéo, formerly Eco-Emballage, showed that more than one in two French had bought products without packaging over the past year. And that if he did not do more, it was not because of the impractical or unhygienic side of the thing, but simply lack of product. And we must recognize that the detergent or cosmetic department is the reign of plastic bottles.

Agri-food giant and cleaning products Unilever has just announced that it will halve its plastic consumption by 2025.

And it's not nothing Unilever. You must have one of its products at home, in your kitchen or bathroom. These are brands like Lipton, Knorr, Amora, or Monsavon. And to package and sell all these products, Unilever consumes 700,000 tons of plastic each year. That's almost 100 times the weight of the Eiffel Tower! The group promises to split not two this figure in 6 years.

And what is always interesting with the Nordics, in this case Unilever is installed in Rotterdam, it's their franchise. The group motivates its decision as much for ecological as commercial reasons! The consumer does not want plastic anymore. And then the regulations harden.

So, will the unthinkable happen in our supermarkets? After the end of plastic bags, The end of plastic packaging!