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Food industry best at providing information about product recyclability

Voices from Circular Initiative 2023

Mats Olausson

Senior Advisor at Climate & Sustainable Finance at SEB

Madeleine Gilborne

Head of Clean Technologies & VP Energy Division at Alfa Laval

Åsa Granli

Business Area Manager, Motion Sweden at ABB

Cross-industry collaboration

“We believe that all industries have something to learn from each other. The food industry and the clothing industry should be able to inspire others on how to work to reach consumers." 

Anna Sundell, Head of Sustainability & Communications at Stena Recycling Sweden

Key figures from Circular Voice on this topic


consider the recyclability of a product to be important or very important


of the women consider recyclability to be important, compared to 64% of the men


think that the food industry is doing a good job of informing about recyclability


think that the automotive industry is bad at informing about recyclability

How good the different industry sectors are at providing information about the recyclability of their products (%)  

  B2B (bad) T2B (good) Differences between countries
Food 17% 56% Higher in SE and lower in FI
Clothing 22% 50%  
Electronics 22% 48% Higher in PO and NO, lower in SE and DE
Automotive 32% 38%  
Sports & leisure equipment   30% 37% Lower in SE and FI
Furniture 29% 31% Slightly lower in SE and FI
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