Quorn are removing all black plastic from their product range, with the change already having started in April 2018. This month sees the brand move to opaque or white packaging which is easier to be recycled. Black packaging isn’t picked up when it’s on recycling belts, and instead ends up going into landfill.
Quorn was one of the companies to sign the UK Plastics Pact that was drawn up by WRAP. This pact hopes to make all plastic packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable, 70 per cent of which is aiming to be recycled or composted and an average of 30 per cent recycled plastics content in plastic packaging.
The company made plans to eliminate black plastic back in 2017 after WRAP announced that local authorities were not recycling black plastic and instead disposing of it in landfill.
Kevin Brennan, Quorn Foods chief executive, said: “As a founding signatory of WRAP’s UK Plastics 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.”