Co-op switches to 50% recycled plastic
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.