The Forgotten Ones: Pre-consumer Waste

Tony Dunnage

Group Director, Manufacturing Sustainability, Unilever

EXCESSIVE PACKAGING FOR PRODUCTS AND E-COMMERCE is something consumers notice and have been quick to criticize. There is a focus on the packaging waste they see and interact with, called post-consumer waste. But there’s more, as a significant amount of packaging and manufacturing waste is generated before a product reaches shelves—and in greater volumes and varieties than people realize.

What Is Pre-consumer Waste?

This waste stream, known as pre-consumer waste, is defined as material produced during the manufacturing process that does not make it into the final product. This includes but is not limited to the following:

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