April 2018: Kickstarting Change!

As per the UK On-Pack Recycling Logo (OPRL) standards, our squeezy bottles became 100% recyclable.

February 2021: Leaders of Change

Hellmann's are market leaders in better plastic practices and sustainable mayonnaise bottles. Our Light, Lighter than Light, Vegan and flavoured mayonnaise bottles are now made with recycled PET** (rPET) plastic, which is also recyclable. This is saving approximately 14 million virgin plastic bottles from being used every year. You might notice they have a slightly darker tint. This is just because the plastic is recycled – don’t worry, it remains food safe and is still the same delicious Hellmann’s mayonnaise inside.

** The bottle does not include the cap and the material includes a small amount (1%) of an addictive which protects the mayonnaise from UV light, helping to maintain its quality and appearance.

The Goal for 2021: Small Changes, Big Difference

You know the seal under our lid? We are getting rid of the 'Lift 'n' peel' plastic from this. It will still work a charm: mayo stays fresh and still easy to use.

The Fantastic Future: Mayo Has Made Everything Better!

As we say, we’re in the process of making major changes. We’re still on this journey but our end goal is to have the entire Hellmann’s range both made from 100% recycled plastic and 100% recyclable! 

Help us on our journey to achieving zero plastic bottle waste by keeping on recycling!

Keep your eyes peeled for more progress on our plastic journey.

Plastic Recycling Demystified

Plastic Logos


This means that the bottle has been made from 100% recycled plastic.


This means you can recycle the product once you have finished the mayonnaise.


This logo is used across the UK to simplify recycling and means the bottle and cap can be recycled.

Between the acronyms and icons, plastic recycling feels far harder than it should be. We want to help demystify plastic recycling by sharing some commonly used recycling logos and walking you through the types of plastic we use in our packaging.

Types Of Plastic


A mouthful, huh? Most commonly used in soft drinks and water bottles, PET is the plastic used in our very own bottles. It is widely recyclable in the UK.



Introducing our new plastic, recycled PET! Using recycled plastic helps removes tonnes of virgin plastics from our packaging each year. It’s a major stride in our efforts to becoming more sustainable. We use rPET in our Light, Lighter than Light, Vegan and flavoured mayonnaise bottles.


We source PP plastic to make our caps and tubs. Found in your yoghurt tubs, liquid bottles, takeaway packaging and medicine bottles, this plastic is pretty hard but despite its durable feeling, it is commonly recyclable in the UK and adheres to the OPRL standards. Nice!

Help Us Finish The Job

1.     It all begins with your purchase

Every time you choose Hellmann’s, you are supporting us to create a less wasteful world. Using recycled plastic has the following environmental benefits:

  • Keeps plastic in packaging where it belongs, and out of the environment
  • Reduces the bottles sent to landfill
  • Supports the recycling infrastructure so more packaging can be recycled and re-used
  • Using recycled plastic leaves a lower carbon footprint than virgin plastic

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2.     Empty your Hellmann’s bottle before throwing it away

Clean bottles are more likely to be successfully recycled than dirty ones. We encourage you to rinse the bottle before recycling, so you can help us to guarantee no packaging waste.

3.     Recycle your bottle

As per the On-pack recycling label, you can recycle both the bottle and cap!

By adopting these 3 simple steps you are already helping us to make the planet a less wasteful place.

Thank you for being a part of this journey with us. We look forward to living in a world where we can enjoy Hellmann’s real taste without worrying about any plastic waste.

Hellmann’s, we’re on the side of food & the planet.

For more information on the Unilever plastic targets we are helping to achieve, please visit this webpage

* UK Nielsen & Kantar Retail Grocery Value Sales MAT 28/11/2020