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To: Dave Lewis, CEO of TESCO
Tesco: Stop Using Black Plastic Packaging
Please stop offering products in black plastic packaging that can't be recycled. YOUR customers WANT to recycle.
Why is this important?
EVERY SINGLE PRODUCT SOLD IN THE UK COULD BE PACKAGED WITH 100% RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
As the largest UK supermarket chain, Tesco should be the market leader in sustainable packaging. Packaging is important to protect their products, and recycling is important to protect our environment. If ALL products were offered in recyclable packaging, we would dramatically cut the unnecessary filling of further landfill sites each year.
WE WANT TO RECYCLE!
Households across the UK want to recycle. Year-on-year, recycling figures are increasing. Consumers are increasingly engaged and increasing the levels at which they recycle. It is the responsibility of retailers to ensure they offer their products in recyclable packaging.
WHY CAN'T I RECYCLE BLACK PLASTIC?!
Black plastic packaging is one of the easiest packaging items that could be swapped for a recyclable alternative. Almost every local council offers a household collection service that recycles clear plastics, a simple alternative to non-recyclable black plastic. Black plastic can't easily be recycled, as there is no efficient way to sort it at a recycling facility. The solution is simple: don't use it in packaging!
BE THE LEADER
As the market leader, Tesco has an opportunity to set the precedent on sustainable packaging. Starting with black plastic, many other non-recyclable items such as expanded polystyrene should be phased out. In their place, recyclable and/or bio-degradable alternatives should be utilised as standard.