Packaging is essential to ensure that you get your products with the freshness and integrity that you expect. It helps to prevent food from spoiling and enables us to communicate important messages such as nutritional information and storage instructions. Over the years we have removed unnecessary packaging and optimised our packs to use thinner materials so that is as efficient and light as possible, simultaneously helping to reduce our transport emissions. Often if a pack is lighter and smaller, its total carbon footprint over its lifetime will be smaller, even if it is not recyclable.
We don’t want our packaging to end up in landfill though which is why we have committed that we will work towards ensuring that 100% of our packaging is recyclable by 2025. Our approach adopts circular economy principles, aiming to ensure that all packaging has an effective ‘after-use’ and that leakage of plastics into natural ecosystems is proactively tackled. To help us innovate and share best practice we have signed the UK Plastic’s Pact, a voluntary multi-stakeholder initiative governed by WRAP.
In 2018 our Selby site successfully moved away from dispensing plastic cups in their vending machine, meaning we are using around 17,500 less plastics cups per annum. The site also standardised the length of pallet top sheets resulting in a reduction of 700kg of plastic per annum.
It is great that the Pact is being embraced right through different parts of the business!