over 40 companies pledge to cut uk plastic pollution
More than 40 companies, including Britain\'s largest supermarkets, Coca-Cola, Nestle and Procter & Gamble, have succumbed to increasing pressure to reduce plastic use in the next seven years to cope with pollution.
These companies are committed to meeting their targets by 2025 to eliminate unnecessary single
Plastic packaging is used in the UK.
They signed the UK plastics agreement, launched by the sustainability campaign organization WRAP on Thursday, promising that by that day 100% of plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable or packable.
Other targets are that 70% of plastic packaging is effectively recycled or compost, and the average recycling content of all plastic packaging will reach 30%.
Given the growing concern among the public and lawmakers about the damaging impact of plastic waste on the environment, food and beverage manufacturers and retailers around the world are under pressure to act on plastic waste.
As part of the national action plan, British Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to eliminate the UK\'s avoidable plastic waste by 2042, and her government is considering a range of options, including banning some products and changing the behavior of consumers by using the tax system.
According to WRAP, 42 plastic Pact companies are responsible for more than 80% of plastic packaging on products sold through supermarkets in the UK.
Market leaders Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda at Wal-Mart, Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Aldi at discount stores and Lidl have all signed up.
Other signatories include the British government and trade association.
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Marcus Gover, CEO of WRAP, said: \"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink and reshape the future of plastic so that we can retain the value of plastic and reduce the amount of plastic waste on our planet
Having Iceland became the first UK supermarket to promise to eliminate plastic packaging from all of its own brand\'s products and calling on the industry to follow suit.
Morrison, Britain\'s fourth-largest grocery store, which differs from competitors, about 30% of the food sold, said on Thursday that it will also pass all its own brand product logos, reduce and eliminate any unnecessary plastic packaging.
The company says black plastic pallets for fresh meat and fish will be phased out by the end of 2019, although customers can use their own containers to buy products from the butcher and fishmonger counters.
Other measures include testing the effect of removing plastic packaging from fruits and vegetables with the aim of studying how to reduce plastic packaging that helps keep food fresh without increasing food waste.
Tesco has promised to make all packages fully recyclable or packable by 2025 and plans to halve the weight of the package by the same date, compared to the 2007 level.
Sainsbury\'s own-brand packaging has decreased by 35% since 2005, and plans to reduce by 50% by 2020.
Asda said in February that within 12 months, it will reduce plastic usage by 10% in its own brand products and has promised to ensure that all its own brand packaging is recyclable by 2025.
Environmental groups welcomed the behavior of food retailers, but said they did not do enough.