By 2025, SPAR UK looks to eliminate single-use plastic from its own brand range
SPAR UK has removed nearly 300 tonnes of virgin plastic from 53 own brand products in one year. As part of a packaging revamp, it has also prevented over 100 tonnes of black plastic going in the landfill and added recycling information on over 700 SPAR own brand products.
Speaking on its commitment to remove as much plastic as possible from the entire SPAR own brand range, Cath McIlwham, Head of CSR at SPAR UK, said: “A year ago we made a huge commitment to eliminate black plastic from our SPAR own label packaging range by the end of 2020 and we are delighted to be working well ahead of our target.”
“We know that protecting the planet for the future is important to our customers and retailers and we have shown how committed we are to reducing the amount of plastic we use and ensuring packaging is recyclable where possible,” she said.
By 2025, SPAR UK looks to eliminate single-use plastic from its own brand range. It also aims to have an average of 30% recycled content in plastic packaging and ensure 100% of plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable.
To date, SPAR has removed nearly 300 tonnes of virgin plastic by including recycled plastic in the packaging of 53 SPAR own brand products. This includes SPAR waters, dilutes, cider, and mixers, which now have up to 51% recycled plastic in the bottles.
The group has prevented over 100 tonnes of black plastic going to landfill by replacing it in 45 products with other alternatives such as clear plastic, or recycled plastic. Its own brand ready meal trays now include 80% recycled material and are fully recyclable.
“We know that being environmentally friendly is a really important area of concern for our customers. Our research showed that our customers wanted more information on recycling. As a result, we are putting the OPRL (on-pack recycling logo) on all our own label packaging,” added McIlwham.
SPAR stores around the UK are developed using the latest technology in terms of energy-efficient equipment like led lighting and energy-saving refrigeration.
Selected SPAR stores provide several refill options including water, milk, dried goods, and household products. Besides, several stores are signed up as refill stations on the Water Refill app.
Source: Company Press Release