As the leading mayonnaise brand in the US, we have the responsibility to provide the people who love our products with condiments that not only taste good but are also a force for good. Part of being a force for good is being committed to tackling packaging waste.
Put simply, we believe in Real Taste and Less Waste, that’s why we’re committed to tackling the packaging waste of our products. Discover the overall plastics problem, what we are doing about it and what you can do to help below.
The global plastics problem is a wrong the world must right. Currently, a lot of products are made from single-use plastic. There is no clear guidance on how and where to dispose it, and the infrastructure for recycling in many countries is not in place to reincorporate this material back into production. As part of a wider initiative at Unilever, Hellmann’s is progressively making its jars & squeeze bottles recyclable, however, the issue globally is way bigger than just one company, as the issue lies with plastic itself.
Recycling problems that industries face today:
Part of this commitment involves moving our jars and squeeze bottles into 100% recycled plastic, or PCR by 2025. Our PCR packaging is made from 100% food-safe plastic material and has a slightly darker tint compared to the previous packaging. While this sometimes means that our jars and bottles appear darker, rest assured that the mayonnaise and mayonnaise dressing inside our jars and bottles has not changed and has the same delicious taste you expect from Hellmann’s.
This is only the beginning of Hellmann’s journey towards reducing plastic waste, and supporting our parent company, Unilever, in its plastic commitments.
Unilever Plastic Commitments:
- Ensuring all plastic packaging is 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025
- Using a minimum of 25% post-consumer recycled resin in our plastic packaging by 2025
Post-Consumer Recycled material (PCR) is a blend of recycled resins that is food safe and approved for use by the FDA.
Our Hellmann’s plastic packaging will have a slightly darker tint compared to the previous packaging. We will also have new wrapper artwork reinforcing our commitment to using recycled plastic.
PCR is inherently darker in color, but is 100% food safe and approved by the FDA. Rest assured, the mayonnaise and mayonnaise dressing inside our jars and bottles has not changed and has the same delicious taste you expect from Hellmann’s.
Yes, our PCR packaging is recyclable. The only components of Hellmann’s packaging that are not recyclable are the cap and sleeve on our squeeze bottles, which must be discarded before the bottle is recycled.
Yes. Hellmann’s bottles and jars sold in US retail stores will state one of the following messages: “100% recycled bottle”,“100% recycled jar”, or “Jar made with 100% recycled plastic.” There will also be a QR code on our jars that you can scan to retrieve more information.
No. Unilever is committed to ensuring 100% of plastic packaging will be designed to be fully reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025, and our new packaging ensures Hellmann’s efforts will help support that commitment.
All US Retail plastic jars and squeezes currently utilize 100% PCR.
We're working to make sure that Hellmann’s bottles and jars are completely made from 100% recycled or PCR materials . The sleeves and tops on Hellmann’s squeeze bottles and the lids on the jars are currently not yet made of recycled plastic. As a first step, we are actively researching new ways to ensure that all components of our packaging is 100% recycled.
We are working towards making all of Hellmann’s plastic containers sold in U.S. retail stores from 100% recycled plastic materials.
Yes, the new packaging is BPA-free.