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SUEZ.CircPack®, a partnership to help brands to make their packaging more recyclable.

fruit, etc In the La Défense business district near Paris, where our head office is located, we have teamed up with four other companies to implement concrete solutions to combat this waste in our company restaurants.

Feeding the planet sustainably also means preserving it.

Food and the circular economy are undeniably linked. In France, the anti- waste law for a circular economy provides for a strengthening of the fight against food waste. China is expected to see a drop in the production of food waste, but a rise in waste from packaging. Business is becoming involved too. The CEO Water Mandate, of which SUEZ is a member, brings together the CEOs of 40 companies working to improve the management of the water cycle, including in agriculture. The BAFWAC (Business Alliance For Water And Climate), which was set up at the COP21, and of which SUEZ is a founding member, invites businesses, including companies from the food processing sector, to measure and reduce their water footprint. Finally, the food challenge must involve the agricultural sector in an environmental transition and in the preservation of natural capital. A sustainable food chain has positive externalities, by protecting biodiversity, combating water run-off, promoting the circularity of biomass, capturing carbon, etc. These ecosystem services having a value, could have a price, and even be remunerated, just like carbon today. More than ever before, SUEZ stands at the heart of the convergence of the vital issues facing water, air, soils and the planet.

which continues to increase (food accounts for 60% of all packaging materials). SUEZ is working with these industries to co-build innovative solutions based on the principles of recycling and ecodesign. For instance, the partnership between SUEZ France and Paprec recycles plastic bottles to produce PET granules, while SUEZ.circpack® offers advice to leading brands on the ecodesign of packaging materials that are as recyclable as possible.

Reducing food waste

Recovering food waste is a good thing, but avoiding food waste production is more virtuous. It is estimated that about one third of the food produced is wasted in the food chain. The fight against food waste has become a top priority all along the food chain, but it is in retailing that this issue is most important. Circularity with no food waste will be the next step. Numerous local initiatives have been taken, in particular by NGOs, charities and the social economy, such as the redistribution of food that is close to, or that has just exceeded its use-by date (without taking any health risks), or the transformation of fresh produce, such as vegetables or fruit, into soups and stewed


1 - The irrigation of plants with water containing soluble fertilizers.

Recovering food waste is a good thing, but avoiding food waste production is more virtuous.