26/08/21 - Business in Brief

New fully recyclable packaging to save Ocado 12 tonnes of plastic annually

Ocado recently announced its plans to roll out fully recyclable cardboard box packaging for the three best selling varieties of its own label apples. The new packaging, which will replace bubble wrap, is set to save almost 12 tonnes of plastic every year.

The company states that its new cardboard will ensure full recyclability whilst retaining the same standard of protection to the apples as bubble wrap, and is set to be rolled out across the grocer’s Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith lines.

The switch comes as part of Ocado’s commitment to sustainability, which has also seen the grocer pledge to become Carbon Net Zero by 2040 as part of the BRC Climate Action Roadmap.

Daniel Costigan, Sustainability Lead at Ocado Retail, said: “At Ocado, we are always looking for ways to reduce our waste and provide our customers with greener choices. We are delighted to be rolling out fully non-plastic packaging for three of our best selling varieties of own label apples.

“Our team is hard at work developing more packaging innovations for our extensive range. Ocado Retail is committed to being the most sustainable grocer and this further demonstrates our industry-leading credentials.”

Bulldog skincare launches recycling scheme in partnership with First Mile

Bulldog recently announced the launch of its recycling scheme, in partnership with waste management service First Mile. The scheme will allow consumers to send their used razor blades and white tubes back to be recycled, or converted into energy.

Plastic tubes returned via the scheme will be turned into an oil through microwave pyrolysis, with the oil then being refined and used to make new plastic pellets for product packaging. All blades returned will be processed at energy from waste facilities.

Caroline Mallet, General Manager at Bulldog Skincare, said: “We want to make it as easy as possible for our consumers to recycle their Bulldog products in the most effective way. That’s why we have partnered with First Mile – the UK’s leading recycling and sustainability company. If consumers are ever confused or unsure of what to do with their Bulldog tubes or blades, they can simply send them back to us and we’ll do the rest.”

Britvic switches more brands to 100 per cent recycled packaging

Britvic brands Robinsons, Lipton Ice Tea and drench will see their 500ml on-the-go bottles move to 100 per cent recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) in the coming months, with the opening of a new recycled plastic facility in North Yorkshire.

The facility, built by Esterform Packaging Limited following a £5m investment from Britvic in 2019, will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy and provide a secure supply of food-grade rPET, according to the drinks company.

Through this switch, Britvic claims that it will save 1,354 tonnes of virgin plastic every year. This is in addition to the 1,900 tonnes already saved after Britvic brands Ballygowan Mineral Water and Fruit Shoot Hydro switched to rPET packaging.

The company states that its intention is to move all GB-made bottles to 100 per cent rPET by the end of 2022.

Mark Tyne, Esterform’s Managing Director, said: “Our £20 million project to produce 42,000 tonnes of recycled food grade polyethylene terephthalate (PET) could not have got off the ground without Britvic’s support and we look forward to working together to rollout recycled PET usage across Britvic’s portfolio.”

Sarah Webster, Director of Sustainable Business at Britvic, said: “We are extremely proud and excited to see the first use of Esterpet in our iconic brands as they make the move to 100 per cent rPET.

“It’s a fantastic example of the progress made in the facility with Britvic’s investment support and the first in a series of changes using Esterpet packaging as we continue our journey to fulfil our rPET commitment.”