On May 5, 2021, The Recycling Partnership and SYSTEMIQ announced the launch of Plastic IQ, “a free, data-driven digital tool to help U.S. companies end plastic waste.” The tool describes itself as guiding companies in the creation of sustainability action plans by using a company’s current packaging data to analyze a range of options that bring the business closer to circular, sustainable packaging. The sustainability action plans are customizable to the size and long-term goals of the company. Individual strategies can be compared against industry best practices and competitors. Companies can also publicly share their goals on the Plastic IQ page. Many companies have recently been announcing packaging goals (see FPF’s brand and retailer database), and Plastic IQ hopes to help companies achieve those goals by leveraging “industry guidance and data to help users turn their plastic packaging strategy into measurable actions.”

The tool was developed with support from Walmart, which commented that it “supported the development of Plastic IQ to help companies better understand and identify solutions that can improve their plastic packaging strategies and minimize their plastic waste.” A number of large food and consumer goods companies are already listed as implementing the tool including the Colgate-Palmolive Company, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health, Kellogg Company, Mondelēz International, Nestlé USA, and Unilever.

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Plastic IQ (May 2021). “Increase your Plastic IQ and take steps to decrease your environmental impact.”

The Recycling Partnership (May 5, 2021). “New, Free Tool Enables U.S. Companies to Set Ambitious Packaging Strategies to Reduce Plastic Waste.” Food Dive