Brits want food wrapped in eco-friendly compostable packaging – not plastic

BRITS want their food wrapped up in eco-friendly compostable packing – rather than plastic which is hurting the planet.

Fresh polling reveals eight in ten people support a plastic packaging tax, which is due to come in next year, but they don’t want it to penalise greener options.

Brits will support a plastic packaging tax but think there should be an exemption for compostable materials

Brits will support a plastic packaging tax but think there should be an exemption for compostable materialsCredit: Alamy

Anything less than 30 per cent recycled content is expected to be whacked with the higher taxes in an attempt to clean up the planet.

Ireland, Italy and Japan all have exemptions for compostable packaging which breaks down in the ground, and campaigners want Britain to follow suit and deliver a “double win for the environment”.

Daphna Nissenbaum, CEO and co-founder of TIPA Packaging, which commissioned the poll, said last night: “Compostable packaging offers a sustainable solution to things like food contact plastic films, which for many reasons cannot be recycled.

“Instead, they are removed at recycling facilities and either sent to landfill or incinerated.

“It is vital that the Government listens to this and recognises the need for a separate tax system for compostable packaging”.

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Lib Dem Peer Baroness Bakewell told the House of Lords last week that ministers must stop penalising firms which are coming up with green solutions to save the planet, and is lobbying to change the upcoming law, arguing that plastic films will never be easily recycled and should be biodegradable instead.

She said: “The unintended consequence of the plastics tax as it stands is that these innovative solutions are perversely penalised.”

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