British supermarket Iceland commits to making own label range plastic-free by 2023

By Johan De Mulder

Supermarket chain Iceland has taken the bold step of committing to the elimination of plastic from its own label range.

The British company has said in a statement that it believes it will become the first retailer in the world to take the action, which it hopes to complete by 2023. 

Replacing plastic packaging will be paper and pulp alternatives that would be fully recyclable through domestic waste collection or in-store recycling facilities. A survey of 5,000 UK consumers found that 80% would support such an initiative.

See also: 


"The world has woken up to the scourge of plastics," said Managing Director Richard Walker. "A truckload is entering our oceans every minute, causing untold damage to our marine environment and ultimately humanity – since we all depend on the oceans for our survival.

"The onus is on retailers, as leading contributors to plastic packaging pollution and waste, to take a stand and deliver meaningful change. Other supermarkets, and the retail industry as a whole, should follow suit and offer similar commitments during 2018. This is a time for collaboration."

One million tonnes of plastic is generated by UK supermarkets every year but experts have warned that the heavier weight of alternative packaging could result in an increase in carbon emissions.

Share

Featured Articles

Middle East GDP hike of 57% if more women join workforce

By tapping into the potential of next-generation female workers, the MENA region could unlock new economic opportunities, up to US$2 trillion, reports PwC

Dialight supplies LED solutions for industrial safety

Reliance on inefficient lighting technologies are not only harmful to the environment, but also increase injury risk and cost

Top 10: Tech, AI, cloud, cyber speakers at TECH LIVE LONDON

TECH LIVE LONDON events sees technology leaders from IBM, Oracle, Vodafone, JP Morgan, Accenture and the US Space Force among the inspirational speakers

Cyber LIVE adds Vodafone head of cyber Kawalec to line-up

Leadership & Strategy

Musk’s multibillion hostile Twitter takeover – the timeline

Leadership & Strategy

Sustainable moves businesses can make to win customers, IBM

Sustainability