Earlier this week, Supermarket Giant “Co-op Food” announced its plans to eradicate the use of Non-Recyclable Plastics from its store by Summer of this year. This exciting announcement means that everything from Crisp Packets to Sandwich Packets, Carrier Bags to Film Wrap. The Company has pledged that all “Own Brand” Packaging will be either plastic free or 100% Recyclable.
The Co-op currently uses over 750 Million pieces of Plastic Film every year; the Company knows that by making changes to ensure that it’s Packaging is recyclable, it will not only be able to help make a positive impact on the environment, but also be able to give itself a certain boost of positive PR.
But how does the Co-op plan to recycle all of this waste? I’m glad you asked; the Supermarket Giant is funding and developing its very own “National Collection Programme”.
The UK Market uses an estimated 2.3 million tonnes of Plastic every year; with only half a million tonnes currently being recycled. Meaning that over 1.8 million tonnes of Plastic is ending up in Landfill, being incinerated and being thrown into the Ocean.
Last year, the retailer made headlines when it announced the release of its Compostable Carrier Bags, which were used to replace the general Single-Use Plastic Bags, this move alone helped to remove over 60 Million Single-Use Plastic Carrier Bags from circulation.
As consumers, we are all making positive steps to help the environment and improve animal-welfare by making “Ethical Purchases”. 20 years ago, the average household spent £202 per annum on Ethical Purchases. This number has increased by over 530% to £1,278 per annum.