The EU has pledged to make all plastic packaging recyclable by 2030. Zero Waste Scotland estimates that 60,000 plastic bottles are thrown away every day in Scotland. According to the Marine Conservation Society, 70% of the litter found in the UK is plastic. The global concern over the negative impact on plastic waste has led to increased investments in finding sustainable alternatives for plastic in the food and drink business.
Expanding the 5p plastic bag charge in supermarkets or a tax on single-use plastic items like food packaging or takeaway boxes are just a few of the solutions being considered by the government. The supermarket Iceland has recently announced to become the first major retailer to commit to eliminating plastic packaging for all its own-brand products within 5 years.
So, what can Scottish food and drink manufacturers and retailers do to contribute to the goal of reducing plastic waste?