Samworth Brothers is fully committed to the UK Plastics Pact, launched in 2018 by the sustainability experts WRAP (Waste and Resource Action Programme). We’re proud to be one of the first chilled food manufacturers to have signed up to the commitment.
The UK Plastics Pact is a trailblazing, collaborative initiative which aims to create a circular economy for plastics and ensure that plastics won’t end up in the environment. Here are some examples of how our businesses are taking action to reduce packaging or to increase the amount that is recyclable.
- Soreen has removed the plastic tray from its Lunchbox Loaves and replaced it with a recyclable cardboard tray, resulting in 30% reduced plastic used for Lunchbox Loaves. It’s also set a target of using 100% recyclable film to wrap all its products by 2025 and is aiming to reduce the thickness of the plastic film used to wrap its products by 25%.
- Walker & Son saved 178 tonnes of plastic packaging between the period April 2020 to April 2021 by removing plastic trays from its pork pies. Walkers Deli & Sausage Co. is supporting Tesco’s effort to remove one billion pieces of plastic from its stores. For instance, replacing the plastic lid on the Tesco Sliced Pâté range with a resealable film has contributed a 52 tonnes per year reduction in plastic packaging.
- In 2018, Ginsters pledged to remove 30% of its plastic packaging by 2022. By the end of 2019, it had removed the black plastic inner trays and also reduced the thickness of the outer plastic film. Working with its suppliers, the company will create a PE film by 2022 that will be 80% recyclable.
Deborah Carlin, Head of Responsible Business, said: “We take our responsibilities to protect the environment seriously and being part of the UK Plastics Pact demonstrates how sincere we are about tackling this issue.”