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first \'plastic free\' label to help shoppers curb pollution

by:SWIFT     2020-03-08
LONDON (
Thomson Reuters Foundation-A new “plastic-
The \"free\" logo, launched in the UK on Wednesday, will allow shoppers to identify products with plastic packaging as companies are under increasing pressure to use green alternatives.
8 million tons of plastic
Bottles, packaging and other waste
According to the United Nations, it is dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain.
Increasing public and legislator concerns about environmental damage mean food and beverage manufacturers and retailers are under pressure to act on plastic waste.
\"We all know the damage we do with our addiction to plastic and we want to do the right thing and buy plastic --
\"Free,\" said Xian Sutherland.
The founder of A Plastic Planet, British
The activity group behind the new tab.
\"But it\'s harder than you think, and obviously, no.
Meaningless labels are very needed.
Finally, shoppers can be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
British supermarket giant Ekoplaza, a Dutch supermarket in Iceland, launched plastic-
Earlier this year, British tea company teapaigs was one of the first companies to adopt the label.
Last month, more than 40 companies including Britain\'s largest supermarket, Coca-Cola, Nestle and Procter & Gamble signed a UK plastic agreement promising to eliminate unnecessary single products
Use plastic packaging before 2025.
Private, January
Having Iceland became the first UK supermarket to promise to eliminate plastic packaging from its own supermarketbrand products.
\"In the UK, the grocery retail industry accounts for more than 40% of plastic packaging, and now is the time for UK supermarkets to lead together,\" said Richard Walker, general manager of Iceland, in a statement.
2015 of the UK charged for plastic bags, and the use of plastic bags has decreased by 80% since 2015.
Nearly 200 countries signed an agreement late last year. N.
The resolution to eliminate the pollution of marine plastics, some hope, will pave the way for a legally binding treaty.
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