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Supermarkets Being Urged To Reduce Plastic Waste

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Sep 12, 2018 6:30:00 AM

The modern supermarket uses plastic in every aisle - even the produce section. Perhaps it is time for that to stop.

As reported by Sarah Knapton for The Telegraph:

Supermarkets are being urged to create a plastic-free aisle in every store to prevent tons of waste packaging ending up in the Pelican_Flickr_Commons.jpgworld’s oceans. Around 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally each year, yet just 12 per cent is recyclable, and much of it is washed into the seas where it is toxic to wildlife. Environmental activist organisation A Plastic Planet will lobby Britain’s major supermarkets in the coming weeks to urge them to offer food packaged only in biodegradable materials.

The Government is considering adding up to 20p to plastic bottles, which could be reclaimed when they are recycled, in an effort to cut waste. The 5p charge that was added to plastic bags in October 2015 has already led to usage falling by 80 per cent. But campaigners are urging retailers to go further.

Sian Sutherland, a trustee of Plastic Oceans Foundation, is to meet with representatives from all the main supermarkets. She said: “There is a growing realisation that plastic is not disposable and is harming our planet, yet the maddening thing is that it’s virtually impossible to buy food without packaging.

Read more about getting plastic out of supermarkets at The Telegraph.
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Topics: plastics, plastic-bag ban

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