The initiative is a collaboration which brings together businesses from across the entire plastics value chain to change the way plastic is designed, produced, used, re-used, disposed of and reprocessed.
The housewares chain said: ‘It’s time to rethink plastic. We know that plastic has its place, and there are times when no other material is quite as effective for what we need. That said, we need to try and move away from an economy where we take, make and dispose of plastic so freely, and towards a circular system where we keep the plastics that we can, in the economy itself and out of the natural environment.’
The retailer’s website highlights several ‘plastic alternatives’’ including Neviti paper straws, Joie reusable stainless steel drinking straws, Huskup reusable eco coffee cups, Covermate elasticated food covers, Carrinet Veggio reusable fruit and veg bags, Eden Project biodegradable coffee capsules, Stasher reusable food storage bags and Bee’s Wrap reusable sandwich wraps.
Lakeland buying and merchandising director Samm Swain said: “Lakeland are really excited to have signed up to WRAP’s the UK Plastic Pact in order to be part of a collaborative approach with other UK suppliers, retailers, packaging experts and the Government to help solve the growing plastics issue in the UK. We’re excited by the opportunity to be part of an alliance that will change the role of plastic and build a better, more sustainable future.”
Retailers that have also signed up to the Pact include Lidl, Morrisons, M&S, Ocado, Aldi, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose.
Lakeland buying and merchandising director Samm Swain