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Tesco removes plastic across own label Christmas range

December 14/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Supermarket giant Tesco has revealed it has removed over 20 million pieces of plastic from its Christmas range, said Packagingnews.

Tesco, which won two awards at this years UK Packaging Awards, has made changes to its packaging. Its own label crackers will be sold in cardboard packaging while 312,000 Christmas light will be packaged in recyclable cardboard packs.

It has also removed a layer of plastic in Christmas puddings and sponges, which is said to cut 1.78 million pieces of plastic. Tesco has also stopped using glitter for its single-use products and packaging.

Tesco quality director Sarah Bradbury said: "It is an absolute priority of ours to remove and reduce the amount of plastic in our stores to the minimum and ensure everything we use is recycled and kept out of the environment Christmas time is no exception and we want to do our bit to help customers have more sustainable celebrations."

As per MRC, plastic packaging use in the UK fell by 6% in 2019 year-on-year, according to WRAPs annual report on the progress of the UK Plastic Pack. Data from WRAP has shown that unnecessary plastic has been reduced by 40% during 2019, with an uplift in the amount of plastic packaging being recycled. The organisation said that 400 million items classified as problematic or unnecessary were sold by members of its UK Plastics Pact initiative. Plastic items deemed unnecessary include straws, stirrers and cotton buds.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, October estimated EPS consumption in Russia was 10,310 tonnes versus 10,740 tonnes a month earlier. Russia's estimated EPS consumption was about 80,000 tonnes in January-October 2020, down by 4% year on year. In November, demand was moderate in the Russian EPS market, whereas in the second half of the month, there was a decrease in activity in the EPS market as compared to October. Domestic prices of Russian material were in the range of Rb98,000-111,000/tonne CPT Moscow, including VAT.


mrcplast.com
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PS, EPS, GPPS, HIPS, packaging.
Category:General News
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