Slowly the world is waking up to the plastic crisis we are facing. In the midst of this awakening
These are 5 Inspiring Companies that have stepped up the plastic fight alongside us as consumers:
1. Supermarkets – Pick n Pay (South Africa)& M&S (UK)
Supermarkets are the biggest culprits when it comes to
Pick ‘n Pay
South African supermarket chain Pick
M&S is taking on the
TerraCycle’s Loop Program
TerraCycle is a British recycling program with a difference and now they have made international acclaim with their newly announced Loop Program. Through their Closed-Loop Program, they work with organisations to create closed-loop products, meaning the products can be recycled or reused after their original purpose has been completed, but never simply thrown away. January at the World Economic Forum in Davos they announced that their Loop Program will be partnering with a number of big corporations to create closed-loop packaging. Companies that will be working with them include Procter & Gamble, Nestle, PepsiCo, Unilever, The Body Shop, Coca-Cola European Partners, Danone, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Beiersdorf and more. Read more about the initiative and where it’s being rolled out here.
Samsung to Stop Using Plastic Packaging
In early February, electronics company Samsung announced that they will be starting to take the necessary steps to remove plastic packaging from their products. Some of the interesting changes they are looking to make include removing the plastic film from charger cases that make it nice and glossy and leave these matt. From early 2019 they will also be replacing holder trays with ones made from pulp and only use FSC certified paper going forward. This is a step in the right direction that other tech companies definitely should follow, read more here.
Zero Waste & Bulk Food Stores on the Rise in the UK and South Africa
Until all supermarkets turn the corner and provide us with opportunities to buy zero waste, we will keep on searching for alternatives. In this case it is the wonderful Bulk Food and Zero Waste Stores that are popping up all over the place. These stores are not only beautiful with a wide variety of products to choose from, from pasta to flour to shower gel, but they are also run by people who are passionate about making a difference. It takes some getting used to, and planning to measure out yourself how much you need and remembering to bring your containers, but the buying experience is just that, an experience. Grocery shopping at these stores becomes more than just another chore.
I am happy to say for those in South Africa not living in the Cape, there is now also an online zero waste store called The Unwrapped
Recycled Plastic Packaging
I strongly believe that getting rid of plastic completely is not something we will ever be able to do, however, working smarter with plastic, and especially plastic packaging, is definitely achievable. Two of my favourite brands who have been doing just that are Ecover and Love Beauty and Planet.
Ecover no only has eco-friendly household products, but they are also aiming to have all their bottles be made from 100% recycled plastic by 2020. Currently, their new dishwashing liquid bottle is made from 100% recycled plastic and the bottle cap is made from 50% plastic polypropylene. All of their bottles can still be recycled as well. On top of this their bottles for their other products, like the kitchen and bathroom cleaning sprays, are made from durable plastic which can easily be reused, AND they have refill schemes set up at a number of stores across London. They are breaking the mould that cleaning products need to be in
Love Beauty and Planet
Love Beauty and Planet is probably my favourite beauty brand that I’ve discovered here in the UK. Not only are all their products vegan and animal