To recycle or not? Piecing together the packaging labelling puzzle

By Liath Campbell, ecoVeritas Consultant 1 Even with the best intentions for recycling household packaging, it can be difficult to know what can and cannot be recycled. Information about what to do with packaging post-use can be confusing, and inconsistent. This article considers some of the most common labels used on packaging to indicate how…

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Packaging Data Specialists Point to Sustainability Being Back on Top of 2021 Agenda

Following a tumultuous year in which the global pandemic has caused unprecedented worldwide disruption, sustainability has returned to the top of the agenda for brands in 2021, according to packaging data specialists ecoVeritas. The company, which provides a range of tools and expertise to efficiently minimise the environmental impact of packaging, said as we enter…

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How are supermarkets tackling the food waste problem?

According to the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), retail food waste accounts for only 2% of the total food wastage in the UK, with over 70% of post-farm food waste generated by households and the remaining 28% from manufacturing, hospitality and food service. It is clear, that alongside reducing and redirecting the waste produced…

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The Cucumber Problem: Is Shrink Wrapping that Bad?

Major food and drink retailers, particularly supermarkets, are one after the other releasing statements of intent on reduction of plastic packaging. This was stimulated by public demand, but certainly encouraged by Iceland’s announcement of its intent to eliminate plastic packaging from its own-brand products by 2023. The stimulus created by Iceland’s announcement is to be encouraged…

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So what actually is the food waste problem?

The previous blog post explored some ways in which packaging may help resolve the issue of food waste. Packaging can help preserve and protect food, reducing losses before retail and enabling consumers to store fresh food longer. However, food waste is not a simple problem, and there are many factors involved. This post will discuss…

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How could packaging help reduce food waste?

The previous two posts in this blog series have drawn attention to what food waste actually is, and considered why it’s a problem. One reason food waste is concerning is due to resource wastage, not just of food itself but of agricultural and financial resources which are used to produce and purchase food. This post…

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Why is food waste a problem?

The first blog post of this four part series about food waste sought to clarify what food waste is. Food waste incorporates any food components removed from the food supply chain for recovery or disposal, of which a considerable chunk is from households. Of this, 60% is estimated to be avoidable. The last section of…

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What actually is food waste?

This blog post is a first in a series about food waste. Food waste has been identified as a significant issue in the UK, and indeed globally, and is a focus of some UK government policy, and campaigning by WRAP. This blog series aims to discuss the problem of food waste, and explore what is…

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Design for Environment: does EPR encourage it?

As more and more countries around the world begin to implement varying forms of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), it is worth pausing to consider what the desired outcomes of EPR are. The first, in most cases, is as a tax, or an investment in the recycling industry. This means less waste reaching landfill sites and…

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Plastic Bottle waste in the UK – what to do?

British adults are suggested to use over 7.5 billion single-use plastic bottles each year, the majority of which are not recycled. One factor linked to this is the reluctance of consumers to obtain free tap water from businesses, especially when a purchase has not been made. Recent research into the provision, usage and perception of…

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