In the latest edition of our newsletter The Globe, we highlighted the recent news that UK frozen food retailer, Iceland, had published its own “plastic footprint” in an effort to promote transparency in plastic and help reduce plastic waste.
UK health food chain, Holland & Barrett has set an ambitious new goal to ditch plastic altogether, Tesco set its own target to remove one billion pieces of plastic from products in its UK stores by the end of 2020 and many supermarkets are trialling packaging free stores.
Throughout the world there are lots of innovative ideas being developed to help us in this global battle. Here are some of PG Paper’s favourites:
Every year 120 billion pieces of plastic cutlery are discarded in India alone. Enter from stage left: Edible Cutlery.
Other edible solutions include edible straws made of seaweed and even edible packaging.
Roads? Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads
Back to the Future might have been a bit wrong in their prediction for 2015 but Scottish innovators MacRebur are now using non-recyclable plastic to create roads in housing developments.
The Resurgence of Paper
Increasingly we are looking to paper to help us reduce our plastic waste. It is relatively easy to recycle paper with advances in production leading to huge reductions in the power and water needed to create and recycle paper up to four to five times.
In European countries 72% of paper was recycled in 2017 with Italy firmly leading the way.
At PG Paper, we have always been environmentally-focused and driven by sustainability and in 2019 we were delighted to be awarded an FSC® certification, certified for Chain of Custody (COC), complying with the highest environmental standards in the market. FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) are a non-profit organization, dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide.