Breaking Down the UK Plastics Pact
These veggies don’t look lovely to me.
The produce sections of UK grocery stores have me feeling like Barbie living in a plastic world. An onion has its own natural packaging- it doesn’t need an extra layer of plastic around it. Now I can understand why some plastic packaging is used when a great deal of transportation is involved to help avoid food waste. I’ve been told that the UK uses fewer pesticides and preservatives than the US does in its food production, and this is why plastic packaging is necessary to keep food fresh long enough to make it from farm to grocery to table. I’m not sure how much truth there is to that. But I don’t buy that more plastic is the ‘fresh’ solution. And luckily, a lot of important people here in the UK agree.
The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has implemented the UK Plastics Pact to take on plastic waste at every level of the supply chain with the ultimate mission of creating a circular economy, i.e. plastic never makes it into our natural environment. According to WRAP, their targets are as follows (quoted).
🔹 100% of plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable, or compostable.
🔹 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled or composted.
🔹 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging.
🔹 Take actions to eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use packaging items through redesign, innovation, or alternative (reuse) delivery models.
The pact has been agreed upon by big names like ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Coca-Cola Europe, Aldi, PepsiCo, Tesco. But do you think this is doing enough? I would love to hear your thoughts and alternative target actions! Join the conversation on Instagram HERE.