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Costa & Iceland fight plastic waste!

The world is waking up to plastic and Iceland is leading the way in reducing packaging waste in the UK.

The British supermarket chain ran a campaign of ads in national newspapers at the weekend, vowing to eliminate plastic from its own brand packaging within the next five years.

The ad read:

iceland Plastic Free

“Time is running out for plastic. For over 40 years we have relied on it to package our products. It’s cheap, light and easy. It’s also clogging up our oceans. Harming seafood and getting into the food chain.

Every minute, an enormous amount of plastic finds it’s way into the water. This has to stop.

By 2023, we aim to have eliminated all plastic packaging from our own-brand products. It won’t affect our prices. But it will help tackle a growing problem.

We hope other retailers will follow our lead. Because future generations shouldn’t have to pay for tonight’s dinner. #Toocoolforplastic.”

Costa Coffee Tackles Plastic Waste – Through Straws

Iceland aren’t alone in developing a substantial policy to cut the use of plastic in their business. Costa Coffee have revealed that they will be removing plastic straws from all branches. The chain will introduce an non-plastic alternative. They will also be reviewing options on their disposable takeaway cups, which are notoriously difficult to recycle.

The company tweeted this week saying:

“As part of our ongoing commitment to reducing waste & increasing #Recycling we are removing plastic straws from our stores. We will launch a non-plastic alternative straw this year as part of an on-going review into all our packaging & takeaway cups ♻️”

Theresa May & UK Government Take Action on Plastic

Supermarkets, retailers and food businesses must take action on plastic, as the UK government has refocused attention on the issue. In a recent speech in the Commons, Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste by 2025. She extended the 5p plastic bag levy to smaller shops and revealed that she’s considering a new levy on all disposable coffee cups.

Can Your Business Go Plastic Free or Boost Recycling?

ISL Barry Donaghy Plastic WasteWe work work closely with Ikea in Belfast and many more retailers across NI on their recycling and waste solutions. Many of our clients have achieved zero waste to landfill status since signing with us and most have also enjoyed substantial savings. We offer a free waste audit to all existing and new customers in which we evaluate your current arrangements and suggest ways in which we might help streamline processes, boost recycling and principles of the circular economy.

If you operate a business in NI and would like to find out how we can help you reduce your waste, while cutting costs and increasing CSR activity, please get in touch.