Quorn to cut 297 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic through packaging change

Posted: 12 June 2018 | | No comments yet

Charity WRAP found last year that local councils in the United Kingdom were sending black plastic to landfill.

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Meat-substitute producer Quorn has eliminated 297 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic from the food chain by turning its back on black plastic.

The English company set itself a target of less than a month to make the change, saying last week it would oust the packaging material by the end of June. 

In April last year, WRAP, a not-for-profit campaign championing sustainable living, announced that black plastic was not being recycled by local authorities in the United Kingdom. Instead, it was being sent to landfill. Quorn’s packaging strategy group met after the news broke to formulate a plan to remove black plastic from its supply chain as quickly as possible.

Since April 2018, black plastic has been phased out of the majority of its packaging, including some of its bestselling products such as chilled Quorn Mince and Pieces. In June 2018, in-store packaging of the vast majority of the chilled range will move to white and opaque recyclable plastics. This change will replace 297 tonnes of black plastic with clear and opaque, recyclable alternatives, supporting the WRAP initiative against unsustainable packaging.

Quorn Foods CEO, Kevin Brennan said: “As a founding signatory of WRAP’s UK Plastic Pact, we are very excited to announce this positive change towards increased sustainability of our products. Moving so quickly to remove black plastic is a significant challenge, but one that, as a sustainable company, we view as being of the utmost importance. We view this as the right thing to do, despite the six-figure cost.

“Our customers will be able to continue enjoying Quorn as part of a balanced and healthy diet, knowing that we are committed to reducing all forms of food waste in our supply chain and to promoting and advancing sustainability without passing the cost onto consumers”.

The move brings Quorn closer to its goal of 100 per cent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging by 2025.

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