Waste and sustainability comment and opinion

19 August 2021
The UK government’s Plastic Tax will target manufacturers who use less than 30% recycled plastic in their plastic packaging from April 2022. The tax is anticipated to impact 20,000 manufacturers and importers of plastic packaging. About the Plastic Tax The Plastic Tax will be a new tax that applies to plastic packaging manufactured in, or imported into the UK, that does not contain at least...
18 August 2021
There is no doubt that sustainability is now at the forefront of the food and consumer goods industry’s priorities. Several industry players are now taking action, to different extents, to embed sustainability into their operations, their culture and core business strategies. At this year’s Supply Chain Summit from IGD, we discussed the subject with Michael Pooley, CEO of IFCO systems, Anna Tu...
29 June 2021
This is a roundup of June’s most popular content, highlighting some of the key insights from the most viewed reports of the previous month. In the last month of Q2, we produced our eighth and last benchmarking report of the series (2020/2021) which focused on waste and sustainability . In addition, we produced a landmark report that provides a vision of how food and consumer goods stores wi...
05 February 2020
This blog highlights the need for businesses to take a holistic view of environmental sustainability that goes beyond the role of plastic packaging. Businesses are facing intense pressure to act fast to reduce the amount of plastic used in the products they make and sell. Consumers’ demand for action continues to grow, driven by concerns about the environment and, in particular, the negative...
09 January 2020
This is the fourth and final blog in a series in which we look at how the supply chain trends we identified for 2019 have panned out. In this instance, I’ll be taking a look at Clarity on circularity . Across the last few years, we’ve witnessed a significant surge in interest with regards to circular economies. Being sustainable is no longer a PR exercise, but an essential step that brings ...
29 July 2019
You may have recently seen a large red display unit advertising Tony’s Chocolonely in Sainsbury’s stores; you may have also seen a red shelf tray on a gondola end advertising the brand as well. Why is Tony’s Chocolonely, a very recent UK launch, getting this kind of support from Sainsbury’s? As well as its success in continental Europe, it comes down to the brand’s mission to eradicate slaver...
17 July 2019
As more food and consumer goods businesses pledge their allegiance to future zero-carbon operations, how realistic is it that the industry, and logistics more generally, will reach this new standard? Many countries have committed to being carbon neutral by a specific year – the UK, France and Sweden penciling in 2050 for carbon neutrality. More progressive targets have been set by countries ...
03 April 2019
Waste valorisation describes re-processing of wasted or discarded materials to create something new, which has market value. Waste valorisation activities include recycling (eg: turning old newspapers into toilet tissue) and waste-to-energy (eg: turning spent cooking oil into motor fuel). Simple re-use of products (eg: washing and refilling an empty glass milk bottle) may not count as val...
13 March 2019
“Beware of minimising costs and wastage in your supply chain at the expense of the needs of your shoppers”, you will hear me utter to delegates in our workshops. This was brought to life for me last week when I popped into a supermarket for few items on my way home from work. I took a route to go past a convenient supermarket. On entering the fruit and vegetables department, I encountered a ...
27 February 2019
Sustainability is now at the heart of many companies’ core messages - and the supply chain is making these commitments a reality. Doing good really can be good business and, far from being niche, sustainable practices are now a popular way to differentiate from the competition. But, for sustainability to embed itself into companies’ strategies, it must be seen to add material value.  Assi...