Meadow Foods commits to slashing plastic waste

By Rod Addy contact

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Meadow Foods’ new plant-based yogurt pots will be made from 100% recycled PET
Meadow Foods’ new plant-based yogurt pots will be made from 100% recycled PET

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Dairy ingredients supplier Meadow Foods is stepping up its eco-friendly packaging work, launching a new sustainability pledge in partnership with voluntary global assurance initiative Responsible Plastic Management (RPM) Program.

RPM works across multiple sectors with a mission to reduce plastic waste and pollution. Meadow Foods has joined the scheme and offered its full support to the cause.

Following the move, the company is working to identify how it can reduce plastic waste further across its business and reduce the use of non-recyclable plastic. It currently uses waste to generate energy, with none going to landfill and is introducing training in responsible waste management.

Further changes are expected to come into effect as soon as next year, with a focus on transitioning from plastic to cardboard where possible.

Returnable packaging

Meadow Foods has already implemented a number of sustainable initiatives such as a returnable packaging scheme and the intention is to focus more on environmentally friendly processes over the next year.

A key feature of Meadow Foods’ new plant-based yogurt pots is that they will be completely made from 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) with recyclable lids, seals and labels.

“We are pleased to be working with RPM to make changes within our business, that’ll result in a better future for all,"​ said Alun Lewis, group environmental & sustainability coordinator at Meadow Foods.

We’ve already begun implementing more sustainable procedures and will continue this into next year and beyond with the help of the RPM Program.”

Plastic usage and disposal

Dave Garforth, programme director at RPM Program adds: “It’s great to have Meadow Foods on board with our initiative, and we are proud of them for already taking the steps to make more environmentally-friendly choices with their plastic usage and disposal.

"Marine litter harms over 600 marine species, and we are doing all we can to bring plastic out of our oceans and see it better recycled on land.”

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