UK firms ban the usage of plastic to curb environmental pollution
Category: #world  By Saipriya Iyer  Date: 2018-04-11
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UK firms ban the usage of plastic to curb environmental pollution

In what maybe touted as a highly strategic move toward the maintenance of a green environment, certain UK based firms have decided to shun the use of plastics for preventing ecological damage. These firms include popular UK based supermarket chain Waitrose, KPMG, and Nestle.

Waitrose, known for serving a free Tea or Coffee to its loyal consumers at its retail stores has declared to stop the use of disposable cups from this year. The grocery firm further announced that shoppers will receive a free tea or coffee on bringing their own reusable cups. Tor Harris, head of sustainability division at Waitrose, has also stated that firm’s decision of withdrawing all the disposable plastic cups was seemingly a prioritized step for the business. He further emphasized that the firm was confident that its customers will support the move as it is aimed at environmental protection.

Earlier in January this year, Iceland Foods Limited, a supermarket chain, has promised to eliminate plastic packaging from its own food brands by 2023. Apparently, this was the first major initiative taken by a UK based firm toward reducing the greenhouse effect. Accounting firm KPMG will stop the use of plastic water cups as well as cutlery in its 22 offices in the UK by 2018. Some of the key officials of the company have further claimed that its employees use nearly 3 million plastic cups each year and it costs the firm close to £60,000.

Nestle S.A., the food giant, has reportedly claimed that the objective of its business is to make the product packaging re-usable or recyclable by 2025. Mark Schneider, the CEO of Nestle S.A., says that this aim has come on the heels of the fact that plastic waste has now emerged as a huge sustainability issue across the globe.

Incidentally, as per the data presented by the U.N., nearly 8 million tons of plastics enter the ocean waters each year via plastic packaging, severely destroying marine life and eventually, the food chain.



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