British Grocery Store First in World to Go Plastic-Free

March 12, 2018 at 12:35 am

A major British grocery chain shows the world it’s possible sell food without plastic

The British grocery retailer “Iceland” recently pledged to eliminate plastic packaging from all its store-brand products by 2023.

With over 800 store locations, the move will make a significant dent in the United Kingdom’s disposable plastic consumption, and set the bar for other national and global retailers.

The chain plans to replace plastic packaging with fully recyclable paper and pulp trays and paper bags over the next five years, and has already removed plastic straws from its inventory.

Iceland is the first major retailer in the world to go plastic-free on its own label products. The company also pledges to refuse plastic packaging used by other brands unless it’s fully recyclable.

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The announcement came a week after Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to eliminate “all avoidable plastic waste” within 25 years and called on all supermarkets to offer “plastic-free” aisles.

A survey showed 80 percent of the supermarket’s customers support the move.

“The world has woken up to the scourge of plastics,” Iceland’s managing director Richard Walker told The Telegraph.

“A truckload is entering our oceans every minute causing untold damage to our marine environment and ultimately humanity – since we all depend on the oceans for our survival.”

“The onus is on retailers, as leading contributors to plastic packaging pollution and waste, to take a stand and deliver meaningful change.”

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