Quorn Foods has pledged that it will stop utilising black plastic packaging for its meat alternative products, replacing it with 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging by 2025.
Quorn claims that the move will eliminate more than 297 tonnes of plastic waste from its supply chain by the end of June 2018, as the packaging of the ‘vast majority’ of the brand’s chilled range will be changed to white and opaque recyclable plastics.
The company says that it will also attempt to phase out the black plastic packaging in its Deli product range by the end of 2018, which would account for approximately 10% of its chilled products.
A statement from Quorn said that the brand made the decision to eliminate black plastic packaging from its product range following a 2017 report from Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), which announced that most black plastic packaging was sent to landfill sites rather than being recycled y local authorities.
Quorn Foods CEO, Kevin Brennan said “As a founding signatory of WRAP’s UK Plastic Pact, we are very excited to announce this positive change towards increased sustainability of our products.
“Moving so quickly to remove black plastic is a significant challenge, but one that, as a sustainable company, we view as being of the utmost importance. We view this as the right thing to do, despite the six-figure cost.
“Our customers will be able to continue enjoying Quorn as part of a balanced and healthy diet, knowing that we are committed to reducing all forms of food waste in our supply chain and to promoting and advancing sustainability without passing the cost onto consumers”.