Hull business joins likes of Coca-Cola in signing global plastics pledge
Bio-D's Lloyd Atkin receiving his award at the 2018 Business Awards from Simon Bird from sponsors ABP. (Richard Addison)
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 22 Nov 2018
Ethical Hull cleaning business Bio-D has become one of 250 companies to sign up to a new global plastics pledge.
Bio-D, which last week scooped a 2018 Hull Daily Mail Business Award in the Exporter of the Year category, joins world-leading brands such as Coca-Cola, Unilever and Nestle to sign The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment.
The signatories all aim to eliminate single-use plastics from their operations, and invest in new technology so 100 per cent of their packaging can be recycled by 2025.
However, Bio-D is already way ahead of this target and on track to roll-out packaging made from 100 per cent UK post-consumer waste across its entire range by the end of 2018.
The packaging is made from used plastic bottles which may have otherwise gone to landfill, and is already available across 65 per cent of Bio-D’s household products.
Lloyd Atkin, managing director of Bio-D, said: “We’re delighted to be part of this ground breaking global initiative. Since we were established in the 1980s, we’ve always been way ahead of our competitors when it comes to sustainability.
“From the very start, it’s been our ethos to create products that are safe, for both the environment and user, and that goes so much further than just the ingredients that go into them.
“Whilst we only use ethically sourced, natural ingredients, we also ensure our products are vegan friendly, cruelty-free and have full traceability.”
Led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN Environment, the Global Commitment was unveiled at the Our Ocean Conference earlier this month.
Award-winning British Sailor, Ellen MacArthur, launched The Foundation in 2010 to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.
The Foundation works across key areas including insight and analysis, business and government, learning, systemic initiatives and communications.
The Global Commitment aims to create a ‘new normal’ for plastic packaging and eliminate unnecessary and problematic plastics.
Targets for businesses that have signed up include moving from single-use to reuse packaging models and ensuring all of plastic packaging can be reused, recycled or composted by 2025.
Signatories will also aim to circulate the plastic produced by significantly increasing the amounts of plastics reused or recycled and made into new packaging or products.
“This new packaging roll-out is the latest step in ensuring we minimise our impact on the environment,” Mr Atkin said.
“Seeing so many organisations sign-up to the Global Commitment is amazing, however, we want to go one step further.
“We’re actually asking our customers to refill their products whenever possible, to further reduce their plastic consumption. If everyone took small steps to change their plastic usage, together we could make a huge difference."
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