World-leading research will pave the way for mainstream re-use and refill shopping in UK supermarkets

Global NGO WRAP is working with UK Plastics Pact members, Asda and Unilever, in a world-first research project to understand how to change the ingrained shopping habits which might be preventing customers from using refill stations and reusable packaging as part of their regular weekly shop. The in-depth research, which is being co-funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency will involve closely following shoppers as they plan at home, engage in-store, and how they decant and store products once back at home.  The aim is to gain a deeper…

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UK Plastics Pact cuts plastic packaging by 10% and doubles recycled content

The UK Plastics Pact’s third annual report, published recently by global NGO WRAP, shows good collective progress against the UK Plastics Pact’s four ambitious environmental targets – year on year, while further action is required to scale the recycling of plastic bags and wrapping. A key achievement since its launch in 2018 has been a consistent and significant reduction in consumer plastic packaging by brands and retailers. Comparing data for members that have reported each year, there has been a 10% drop in plastic packaging on supermarket shelves, with problematic…

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UK Plastics Pact expands reach with associate membership model

The UK Plastics Pact, managed by WRAP, has launched a new membership category to enable SMEs, start-up businesses and businesses that have smaller plastic packaging portfolios to join the ambitious programme. Sixteen UK Plastics Pact Associate Members are now on board, representing businesses across a variety of sectors including: – Textiles, Clothing, Food & Drink, Retail and Packaging: Abel & Cole AMC Natural Drinks Barfoots Foyle Food Group Gousto Ltd    IG Design Group UK Limited Jokey          KellyDeli Company Ltd Mayborn Group Ltd Next Retail Ltd Nice Pak International…

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UK Plastics Pact cuts unnecessary plastic by 40% and increases plastic recycling by 107,000 tonnes

WRAP has published its second annual report for The UK Plastics Pact showing that members have made some good progress against targets, including a reduction in the amount of plastic packaging being used, and good progress in plastic recycling at home. But warns the charity’s Chief Executive Marcus Gover, there are significant challenges ahead which need urgent attention to keep the UK on course. Marcus Gover, “It’s great to see UK Plastics Pact members cutting unnecessary plastic packaging by 40% and increasing recycling to 50% in just one year.  This…

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Tackle flexible plastic packaging now or risk missing UK Plastics Pact targets, urges WRAP

Urgent cross-sector action is required to develop a recycling system for soft flexible plastic packaging, like plastic bags and wrapping, according to WRAP. The call to action comes as the sustainability not-for-profit, which leads The UK Plastics Pact, publishes a roadmap to galvanise action across the plastics supply chain: ‘Creating a Circular Economy for Flexible Plastic Packaging’.  UK Plastics Pact members, who account for around 85% of plastic packaging on UK supermarket shelves, are working towards all plastic packaging being reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, and increasing the amount…

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