It’s been almost two years since Loop was introduced into the marketplace and people are starting to take notice. Loop is a new service created to collect empty, used product packaging from homes, return it to the originating company where it is cleaned and refilled, and then sold again. This service is in response to the growing concern for the environment and the affect single-use plastics and other packaging are having on the planet.

So rather than going into the landfill, product packaging can take a circular route similar to the one taken by the milk bottles of yesteryear; remember the days when the milkman delivered milk in sturdy reusable glass bottles that were put back out on the stoop when empty for the milkman to pick up again. This is the same idea as Loop. The concept was the result of a large joint effort between a group of home and beauty products manufacturers and TerraCycle, a leader in recycling.

The program brings together consumers and products manufacturers and retailers interested in shifting from the disposable single-use packages to durable containers that are reused and recycled. In 2019, Unilever, Nestle, P&G, as well as others announced that they will take part. Unilever has committed nine of its brands to the Loop system. They have unveiled new reusable packaging for these nine brands. Additional companies and markets have launched Loop programs throughout 2019 and 2020.

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