In June 2018, Brakes made a number of packaging commitments including the removal of hard-to-recycle problematic plastics from its supply chain by the end of 2020.
Hugo Mahoney, Brakes CEO, highlights some of the achievements to date: “When we launched the 2ZERO20 commitment, we were the first foodservice wholesaler to make a pledge to remove black plastic. Since our announcement, we’ve made some fantastic progress and radically changed our supply chain approach removing more than 1,000 tonnes of hard black plastic.
“As you’d expect from the UK’s leading foodservice company we have a number of initiatives to reduce waste and our environmental impact across our supply chain, and our supplier partners are collaborating to help us achieve our goals.”
BRAKES’ 2ZERO20 PLEDGE
Working with our suppliers and industry experts, we have now removed 96% of hard-to-recycle plastics by volume equating to 1,041 tonnes. The remaining SKUs are generally smaller items such as screw tops and we are on target to meet our 2ZERO20 commitment
Since we raised this issue, it has been taken up by the Government and we have paused activity while we await the outcomes of this. If nothing comes from Government, we will introduce our own scheme, but we would prefer to have one, clear industry scheme.
We have set up a Packaging Forum to share best practice and discuss potential alternatives. This is attended by a number of branded and own label suppliers as well as industry organisations. The brief for the Forum is to look beyond plastics to other problematic materials and potential solutions. We have also removed a number of lines and introduced alternatives for example wood alternatives for plastic cutlery.
We have also:
Hugo Mahoney concludes: “We are very pleased with our progress to date, but we recognise that we must go further and continue to lead the industry. We are therefore committed to working to ensure that we create a better tomorrow.”