Sky to scrap its sin­gle-use plas­tic by 2020

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ME­DIA gi­ant Sky has pledged to elim­i­nate all sin­gle-use plas­tics from its op­er­a­tions, prod­ucts and sup­ply chain by 2020, as part of efforts to tackle plas­tic pol­lu­tion in the oceans.

It will see new prod­ucts such as the Sky Sound­box, launch­ing later this year, ar­rive with­out any sin­gle-use plas­tic pack­ag­ing wrap­ping the unit, ca­bles and plugs.

By the end of 2017 all prod­ucts will be made with­out any sin­gle-use plas­tics, and Sky has com­mit­ted to help busi­ness part­ners and its sup­ply chain trans­form their op­er­a­tions. The com­pany, which made the com­mit­ment un­der the Sky Ocean Res­cue cam­paign that aims to raise aware­ness of plas­tic pol­lu­tion in the world’s seas, has also elim­i­nated sin­gle-use bot­tles, cut­lery and straws from of­fices and op­er­a­tions across Europe.

Staff have been is­sued with re­us­able bot­tles – re­duc­ing plas­tic bot­tle use by more than 300,000 – and plas­tic cut­lery has been re­placed by items made from corn starch, the com­pany said.

It is also cre­at­ing a £25m fund over five years to in­vest in in­no­va­tion, busi­nesses and start-ups which are de­vel­op­ing tech­nol­ogy to erad­i­cate sin­gle-use plas­tics from sup­ply chains and stop plas­tic end­ing up in the ocean.

Sky is part­ner­ing with en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity WWF to safe­guard marine pro­tected ar­eas around the coast­lines of Euro­pean coun­tries where it has op­er­a­tions, the UK and Ire­land, Ger­many and Italy, with a cam­paign to en­cour­age the public to adopt and pro­tect and en­hance coastal ar­eas.

WWF-UK chief ex­ec­u­tive Tanya Steele said: “I con­grat­u­late Sky on its bold am­bi­tions to re­duce stresses on our oceans, and look for­ward to sup­port­ing them in mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence to ocean health, for peo­ple and the planet.”

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