British Plastics Federation's statement in response to the supermarket Iceland's announcement on plastic use
The British Plastics Federation is surprised by Iceland’s announcement. Plastic packaging is used because it vastly reduces food waste and is resource efficient.
If Iceland implement these measures, there is a risk that the weight of the packaging, carbon emissions, food waste and the amount of energy to make that packaging will increase. Growing and transporting food consumes a lot more energy than that used to make the packaging protecting it. Iceland’s proposals target products that will have absolutely no impact on reducing marine litter, which in the UK typically comes from items littered outside our homes. Its environmental footprint will increase, not decrease.