Sainsbury's closed plastic packaging for bouquets of flowers and vows to replace it with paper in an effort to save more than 10 million tons of waste
- Trial started by Sainsbury & # 39; s will effectively remove 10 million tons of plastic
- Paper is used to wrap the flowers during the 12-week trial period
- The company has promised to reduce the use of plastics by 50 percent by 2025
Plastic packaging is removed from fresh flowers in more than 160 supermarkets to prevent waste and contamination.
The trial started by Sainsbury & # 39; s will effectively remove 10 million tons of plastic from more than one million bouquets.
The 12-week trial, which involves a switch to paper packaging, marks a new step towards the company's commitment to reduce plastic by 50 percent by 2025.
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Plastic packaging is removed from fresh flowers in more than 160 supermarkets to prevent waste and contamination. The trial started by Sainsbury & # 39; s will effectively remove 10 million tons of plastic from more than one million bouquets (file photo)
It is the latest proof of how supermarkets and other retailers are taking major steps to remove plastic packaging and make more use of recycled materials.
Sainsbury's and Waitrose, for example, look at the sale of products, everything from pasta to washing liquid and fresh products, loose in refillable boxes and bottles instead of disposable plastic packaging.
The 12-week trial, which involves a switch to paper packaging, represents a new step towards the company's endeavor to reduce plastics by 50 percent by 2025 (inventory)
Other important measures are the abolition of black plastic bins and PVC and polystyrene bins, which are difficult to recycle.
The initiatives confirm the efforts of the Daily Mail to draw attention to the dangers of plastic waste that is more than ten years old, including the Banish the Bags and Turn the Tide on Plastic campaigns.
Sainsbury's Brand Director, Judith Batchelar, said: “We are proud to be the first retailer to reduce fresh floral plastics on a large scale in 167 of our stores.
& # 39; Our customers have made it clear that they want us to reduce plastic packaging. Developing a more sustainable solution to minimize plastic on fresh flowers is a further step in the right direction.
& # 39; This initiative is very much a testing and learning activity for us, so we will seek customer feedback and a better understanding of how our supply chain manages the new packaging everywhere.
& # 39; This latest test supports our broader goal of reducing, reusing, replacing and recycling more plastic. & # 39;
HOW MANY RECYCLING ENDS IN LANDFILL?
Every day millions of us drop a plastic bottle or cardboard container into the trash – and we feel that we are making a contribution to the environment.
But what we may not realize is that most plastic is not recycled at all, and often ends up in landfills instead.
Of the 30 billion plastic bottles used annually by British households, only 57 percent are currently recycled, half of which goes to a landfill, half to waste.
Most plastic is not recycled at all, and often ends up in landfills or incineration depots. About 700,000 plastic bottles per day end up as waste
About 700,000 plastic bottles per day end up as waste.
This is largely due to plastic packaging around bottles that are not recyclable.
Every year the UK throws away 2.5 billion "paper" cups, which amounts to 5,000 cups per minute.
Shockingly, less than 0.4 percent of this is recycled.
Most cups are made of cardboard with a thin layer of plastic.
This has previously caused problems with recycling, but can now be removed.
Five specialized recycling plants in the UK have the capacity to recycle all cups in our shopping streets.
Ensuring that paper cups end up in these factories and that they are not thrown away inappropriately is one of the biggest problems with recycling paper barrels.
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