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World Without Waste

e use natural resources to make the Johnson & Johnson products that millions of people rely on every day: everything from lifesaving medicines and medical devices to adhesive bandages and baby lotion. But the place from which we’ve been getting those resources—planet Earth—can’t keep up with the demand. If trends continue, by 2030 we will need the equivalent of two Earths to support the world’s growing population.

The solution won’t come from simply consuming less. We must eliminate the notion of waste and find ways to close material loops.

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Our Approach

We’re rethinking waste as a catalyst for innovation, pursuing opportunities that transform behavior, accelerate business and reimagine how we deliver value to our customers within the limits of the Earth’s finite resources.

  • We’re promoting scalable programs that help people generate value from waste, like Project Phoenix, a program to help recycling cooperatives in emerging markets improve their operational processes, develop a stronger social infrastructure and create a sustainable market for their materials, which Johnson & Johnson purchases.
  • We’re a founding member of the Closed Loop Fund, a social impact fund dedicated to improving recycling infrastructure and increasing the recycling of products and packaging in the U.S.
  • As a founding member of the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council, we are working with partners to promote and enable viable, safe and cost-effective recycling solutions to dramatically reduce the volume of plastics that hospitals send to the landfill.
  • Sterilmed is our FDA-registered medical device manufacturer that reprocesses single-use medical devices into high-quality products, both new and reprocessed.


Our Goals

We’ve set a goal to increase recyclability of our consumer product packaging to 90+% in key markets, and to engage in partnerships to advocate material recovery and recycling efforts in key markets where recycling infrastructure is less mature.

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