Posts Tagged ‘Packaging’

Recycling symbols explained

5 September 2013

Green dot recycling symbol

Not all packaging has a recycling label but this doesn’t mean you can’t recycle it.

Check out Recycle Now’s handy guide to deciphering those recycling symbols.

Know your date labels

19 August 2013

000644-001378There are four main types of date that are used on food packaging in the UK, here’s what you need to know: (more…)

Eco Easter

20 March 2013

jamieanne  flickr The average Brit eats 17.49lbs of chocolate each year.  And as a nation we spend a whopping £229million on Easter eggs.

All this chocolate leads to roughly 3,000 tonnes of extra waste every Easter.

Try our top tips for how to have your egg and eat it too:

 Try some DiY

Making your own Easter eggs is an excellent way to keep your waste down and still give friends and family a yummy treat. You can even reuse the plastic from past eggs as a mould.

Avoid egg-cessive packaging

Look for eggs where there is little to no plastic, and the packaging fits snugly around the egg. This way you can limit how much you have to throw away this Easter.

 Know what you can recycle

  • Card can be recycled throughout Dorset, simply flatten it and place in your recycling bin or box
  • Foil and plastic can be taken to local mini recycling centres across Dorset
  • Rigid plastic can be recycled at many mini recycling centres and can also be put in your recycling bin if you live in Christchurch or parts of East Dorset and use the new ‘recycle for Dorset’ service

Expired: ‘Sell-by’ and ‘display-until’ dates

16 September 2011

Packaging labels (large version)You may have seen in the media that new guidance (opens in new window), which came out yesterday, is calling for clearer date labels on food. This is great news as it will help shoppers save money by not throwing perfectly good food away as well as make it easier to know when food is safe to eat.

Under this guidance, food packaging should only carry either a ‘use-by’ or ‘best-before’ date. ‘Sell-by’ and display-until’ labels are being removed to avoid confusion.

Foods like soft cheese, ready-prepared meals and smoked fish are likely to carry a ‘use-by’ date. Biscuits, jams, pickles, crisps and tinned foods are likely to feature a ‘best-before’ date.

Did you know at least 60 per cent of the 8.3m tonnes of UK household food and drink waste is avoidable? To help prevent this, here are some tips:

  • Get to know what date labels mean, and keep an eye on them.
  • For foods with a ‘use-by’, eat them before the end of the date (never afterwards) or freeze to use them in the future (remember you can also cook food up to the end of the ‘use-by’ date, and then freeze meals to be used later).
  • For foods with a ‘best-before’ date (except eggs, where the ‘best before’ date must be treated as a ‘use by’) remember that if you store them correctly (e.g. putting apples in the fridge) they will last longer and can safely be cooked\eaten even after the date.

We’d like to hear what you think of the new labels guidance, so post your comments here along with any tips for preventing food waste.

Make recycling your goal this World Cup

22 June 2010

Playing sports (large version)With two major sporting tournaments in full swing this week, a mountain of extra waste will be ‘served up’ across the county as we cheer England on in the World Cup and enjoy watching Wimbledon.

Now is the perfect time to make recycling your goal this summer. Lots of extra cans, beer bottles and soft drink bottles, as well as newspapers and cardboard packaging will be generated while we keep track of the latest matches.

The good news is it can all be recycled, so we’re encouraging you to help the environment by making good use of your kerbside collection service, local mini recycling banks and nearest household recycling centres.

More recycling information can be found here.

Packaging news

7 April 2010

What’s going on to reduce packaging?

Good news, the Waste Resources and Action Programme (WRAP) has unveiled a commitment aimed at reducing the carbon impact of packaging in the food and grocery sector.

Targets to be achieved by the end of 2012 include:

  • Reducing the carbon impact of grocery packaging by 10 per cent
  • Reducing household food and drink wastes by 4 per cent
  • Reducing traditional grocery product and packaging waste in the supply chain by five per cent

More than 40 major retailers, brands and manufacturers from the sector signed up to the original Courtauld Commitment in 2005, which focused on packaging and food waste. In 2008, the first objective was successfully achieved – stopping growth in packaging despite increases in both sales and population in the UK.

Read more about WRAP’s Courtauld Commitment Phase 2 (opens in a new window).

Be an Egg-cellent recycler this Easter

1 April 2010

Are you looking forward to tucking into some tasty chocolate treats this Easter? Did you know 3,000 tonnes of Easter egg packaging is produced in the UK each year?

Enjoy Easter and limit your egg-stra waste by trying our top recycling tips:

  • Easter egg cardboard box – compress or fold this and take it to your nearest household recycling centre or recycling bank. It can also be torn up and put in your home composting bin
  • Foil – scrunch up aluminium foil and this can be recycled at some recycling banks
  • When buying your Easter treats, try to choose eggs with minimal packaging or ones using more recyclable materials
  • Try making your own tasty Easter treats – children love helping to make chocolate cornflake cakes as well as getting creative and hand painting/decorating eggs
  • Recycle any Easter cards you receive. You can also send your Easter greetings by e-card
  • Save the plastic egg shell and use it to make your own chocolate eggs next year

So after you’ve indulged in chocolate egg or two, remember to reuse and recycle as much of the packaging as possible.

Find out about what the retail industry (opens in a new window) has been doing to reduce Easter egg packaging.

Happy Easter!

Sammie Strawberry hits the road

3 March 2010

Sammie quizzes shopper on packaging (large version)

Packaging is a hot topic. So, Sammie Strawberry has been out and about at shopping areas in Ferndown, Christchurch, Wareham, and Blandford quizzing local people about the myths of packaging, to help dispel the perception that it’s all bad.

It’s true excess or unnecessary packaging is damaging for the environment. But without it no drinks, liquids, gels or powders would be sold, you couldn’t buy fruit and veg out of season and the amount of broken goods and spoiled food wasted would be huge.

Shoppers flocked to the stand to us chat about what’s being done to reduce the packaging of many well known products and brands. Plus, they also picked up a free pen and shopping list pad, so they save money and help the environment by only buying what they need.

Take our simple test:

1. How much longer can a cucumber last in 1.5 grams of plastic film wrapping?

  • 3 days
  • 7 days
  • 11 days

2.  How much packaging is recycled in the UK?

  • 20%
  • 40%
  • 60%

3. On average, how much lighter are glass containers now than they were in 1980?

  • 10%
  • 20%
  • 30%

Are you right? Check out our leaflet for answers.

Have you noticed changes to packaging?

18 February 2010

Mars Celebrations (large version)A lot of great work is going on to reduce the packaging of many well known products that you probably don’t know about. This is because improvements are often too subtle to notice.

Did you know?

  • Botanicals Essential gift set changed from a larger rigid box with a vacuum wrapping and sleeve to a reusable tin with a card sleeve. The weight has been drastically cut, all elements can now be easily recycled and the sleeve contains 80 per cent recycled material.
  • The Co-operative has removed the cardboard box from its Tomato Puree product. The tubes now stand upright, directly in the display packaging, which sits easily on the supermarket shelves. This has reduced packaging by 35 per cent.
  • Mars produced a plastic tub for Celebrations, to replace its original tin. It is now dishwasher, microwave and freezer proof. Reuse is encouraged through clear labelling on the tub.

Find out more here (opens in a new window)

Spotlight on…packaging

10 February 2010

Packaging leaflet (large version)Are you frustrated by the amount of packaging you throw away and want to know what is being done to reduce it?

A series of roadshows will be taking place across the county in coming weeks, where you can find out what has and is being done to reduce packaging waste and the impact it has to our environment.

Plus, did you know that an unwrapped cucumber loses moisture and becomes dull and unsaleable within three days but just 1.5 grams of wrapping keeps it fresh for 14 days? You can also find out more about how packaging reduces food waste and pick up some top packaging tips.

The first roadshow kicks-off on Tuesday 16 February at Sainsbury’s in Ferndown, so come along and see us.

Check out our full timetable of roadshows.


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