It is encouraging to see that there has been a good response within the food and drink industry to slash the use of plastic packaging, setting targets to reduce their use of this material across their range. Plastic products are firmly in the spotlight at present after lots of media coverage on how plastics were damaging our oceans, wildlife and our overall environment, so this move by the industry is long overdue.
The UK Plastics Pact
The UK Plastics Pact has been launched, spearheaded by Wrap, and already 50 businesses have signed up, including Morrisons, Waitrose, Tesco, Aldi, Lidl and Sainsbury`s, to increase their recycling, innovate on packaging and reduce their overall use of plastic.
The UK Plastics Pact vows to eliminate as much single-use packaging as possible through new designs and innovative new strategies, and by 2025 they pledge to have all of their plastic packaging either recyclable, reusable or compostable.
Eliminating Avoidable Plastic Waste
Environment secretary Michael Gove is quoted in an article in The Guardian as saying:
“Our ambition to eliminate avoidable plastic waste will only be realised if government, businesses and the public work together.
“Industry action can prevent excess plastic reaching our supermarket shelves in the first place. I am delighted to see so many businesses sign up to this pact and I hope others will soon follow suit.”
And in the same article Sainsbury`s CEO Michael Coupe is quoted saying:
“We all have a role to play in reducing the amount of plastics used in society. For our part we accept our responsibilities and are working hard to reduce the use of plastic across our business.”
A Welcome Step Forward
We all know that steps have to be taken and taken quickly to cut down on waste, use more renewable products as well as renewable energy, and try to do all we can to protect the environment before the tipping point is reached and it is too late to save our planet. These initiatives are a small but welcome step in the right direction.