Co-op switches to 50% re­cy­cled plas­tic

The Herald - - NEWS -

A SU­PER­MAR­KET plans to switch all of its own-brand wa­ter to 50 per cent re­cy­cled plas­tic bot­tles in a move it ex­pects will present an “eth­i­cal dilemma” to cus­tomers.

The new bot­tles will have a cloudier and greyer ap­pear­ance than those that do not con­tain re­cy­cled plas­tic and the Co-op said it ac­cepted they could test shop­pers’ en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious cre­den­tials.

The new bot­tles, which are 100% re­cy­clable and sourced in the UK, will be in all stores later this year.

The su­per­mar­ket has es­ti­mated the change to all of its own-brand still, sparkling and flavoured wa­ter bot­tles will save al­most

350 tonnes of plas­tic ev­ery year.

It has also said it plans to rid its aisles of black and dark coloured plas­tic by 2020 on the grounds that it is harder to de­tect by sort­ing machines due to its pig­ment and con­tam­i­nates the re­cy­cling stream, re­duc­ing its use­ful­ness and value.

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