Taking action on plastics

The destructive impact plastic pollution is having on the environment is well documented. Plastic accumulating in our oceans and on our beaches has become a global crisis and evidence of the devastating effect of plastic on marine life is mounting. The facts are there: more than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans every year and only 14% of plastic packaging is collected for recycling globally. It’s clear that urgent action is needed.

It will take time to find the right solutions for the long term but after analysing our plastic footprint and collaborating with suppliers and the recycling industry, we’ve moved in a quick and agile way to make simple but impactful changes.

Plastic goals

  • Black plastic – We’ve removed all black plastic (which can’t be recycled) from our fruit and veg packaging
Plastic goals

  • Plastic trays – We’ve replaced plastic trays across our premium tomato range with cardboard
  • Pizza bases – We‘ve replaced polystyrene pizza bases with cardboard
  • Sports caps – We’ve made the sports caps on our water bottles easier to recycle
  • Cotton buds – We’ve replaced plastic-stemmed cotton buds with biodegradable paper-based alternatives
  • Microbeads – We’ve removed microbeads from all cosmetic and household products 
Plastic goals

  • Water bottles – We now require selected plastic water bottles to contain a minimum of 25% recycled plastic