The Co-op has recently announced a commitment to only using 100% own-brand recyclable packaging. The company has now banned black plastic packaging from all of its products and by the summer of 2020 it will have phased out all non-recyclable plastics in favour of resusable or easily recyclable ones.
All packaging used will be easy to recycle whether via kerbside collection or a closed loop in house scheme, The Co-op announced. Plastic film, which local councils do not presently collect for recycling, will be made easy to recycle by the company’s own national collection programme for the material. After a spring store trial, the scheme will be rolled out nationally across the retailer’s store estate by the summer.
The Co-op’s “Ethical Consumerism Report” has tracked ethical expenditure over the past two decades. According to the latest report, the average spend on ethical purchases per UK household has grown from £202 a year in 1999 to £1,278 per annum in 2018.
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