Packaging: Carrefour, Système U and Veolia join forces to reduce single-use plastic packaging

Carrefour, Système U and Veolia are joining forces in research and innovation to reduce single-use plastics in packaging. Their partner (RE)SET - a brand new company specializing in circular economy innovation - will launch a global challenge, from July to October 2019 via a collaborative platform, to identify and develop innovative solutions.
Carrefour, Système U, Veolia and the main own brand suppliers are putting into practice the commitment they made in February when they signed the “national plastic packaging pact”, which in particular aims to eco-design packaging to make it 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.


A global innovation challenge via a collaborative platform

(RE)SET and its first partners are launching a call for projects for anyone inventing alternatives to single-use plastic packaging around the world. Projects can be submitted via the platform until 7 July 2019. The goal is to offer sustainable solutions for agribusiness and distribution stakeholders in order to reduce single-use plastics in packaging.

Any solutions impacting the entire product life cycle will be evaluated: paper and cardboard packaging (cellulose fibre based, recycled or recyclable), reusable packaging, new systems relating to selling, use, process innovation, materials, and method.


The stages in the challenge:

From 8 July to 30 August: selection of projects submitted to (RE)SET.

From 23 to 26 September: the finalists and the partners will meet for a boot camp.

After which the industrial and commercial validation phase of the selected concepts will begin.

(RE)SET is the first European initiative (Paris-Lisbon) dedicated to innovation in the circular economy sector. Its mission is to break down the barriers between various areas of expertise, combine economic viability and environmental benefits, push back the boundaries in relation to packaging, capital goods, new water treatments, bio waste, bio gas, food tech, and construction.