October Sustainability Highlights








Wondering what’s new in sustainability this month? Read our favourites below:

  1. Heinekin – ‘The Green Grip’ https://www.foodbev.com/news/heineken-uk-rolls-sustainable-green-grip-packaging-across-uk-retailers/

Heineken UK has released an innovative and sustainable drinks topper (The Green Grip) – made from cardboard instead of plastic. Alongside the removal of shrink wrapping, replacing plastic rings with carboard will reduce the company’s plastic use by 517 tonnes.

  1. Terra Cycle & Ocean Spray’s recycling scheme https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/ocean-sprayhttps://www.foodbev.com/news/ocean-spray-announces-sustainable-packaging-partnership-with-terracycle/

In partnership with TerraCycle, Ocean Spray has started a new recycling scheme. Aiming to divert waste from landfill and extend life of materials, consumers can return product packaging, for it to be recycled into new products, such as park benches and picnic tables. The scheme aims to create a ‘truly circular economy’.

  1. Naked switches to 100% rPET bottles – https://www.businessgreen.com/news/4019420/naked-strips-virgin-plastics-100-cent-recycled-bottles

Rolled out in August, Naked smoothie bottles are now made from 100% recycled PET. This move is a step towards the company’s goal to reduce the virgin plastic used across its beverage portfolio by 35 per cent by 2025.

  1. McCains sustainable farming pledge https://www.mccain.co.uk/potato-farmer-pledge/

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, McCain has invested £25 million pounds into sustainable potato farming in the UK. The McCain Potato Farmer Pledge offers a loyalty scheme to farmers who continue to grow, creating a sustainable source of potatoes for varying industries. The pledge is also offering grant funding and sustainable contracts for farmers.

  1. Single-use plastic ban In force https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-54366461

As of October 1st, the UK single-use plastic straw, stirrer and cotton bud ban came into full effect. The ban makes it illegal for businesses to sell or supply the plastic items. The ban is set to reduce the 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds used in England yearly.