Cranswick has shared the progress it has made since announcing its plastics pledge in February and becoming a founding signatory of the UK Plastic Pact in April.
Proving that a closed loop circular economy is possible in 2018, Cranswick is working with European plastics giant Klöckner Pentaplast to show the process in action throughout Recycle Week.
Plastic collected during the week at specific Cranswick sites will be recycled into new recyclable packaging for the meat producer, such as trays for fresh meat they supply to supermarkets like Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury’s and M&S.
Klöckner Pentaplast joined Cranswick on the panel at a recent World Environment Day plastics event at Canary Wharf which was attended by major retailers, packaging suppliers and food manufacturers where Cranswick urged its industry peers to reduce the types of plastics used to make recycling easier.
Cranswick said that milestones reached by the company since it joined the Plastics Pact include:
- Removing 450 tonnes of plastic through targeted reduction initiatives;
- Reducing corrugated packaging by 35 tonnes;
- Moving to 100% recyclable trays (Mono APET) for all gourmet sausage packaging; and
- Through its collaboration with Klöckner Pentaplast and other plastic suppliers, all Cranswick plastic trays will be made from 100% recyclable materials, either RPET or mono PET by January 2019.
Jim Brisby, group commercial director at Cranswick, said “Recycle Week is a great chance to look at the progress Cranswick has made in making the circular economy a reality. Through our peer-to-peer collaboration, I’m glad to see we are not just talking about change, but taking real steps in making it happen, and fast.”