18 September 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Environmental consultancy Helistrat has launched its latest discussion paper Designing Out Disposables.
The document seeks a better understanding of the single-use hierarchy and how to assess the viability and sustainability of alternative materials.
Nathan Gray, Helistrat's head of sustainability, said: "Consumer pressure is forcing business to find alternatives to single-use plastics in order to protect their brand reputation and ultimately, sales. The switch, however, is not as easy as people may think.
"Materials which appear more sustainable at face value often come with their own challenges, both in terms of their environmental impact and the ability of the UK's infrastructure to recycle and reprocess them. Further investment and a collaborative approach throughout the supply chain is the only way to ensure that we do more than just apply a sticking plaster to the problem."
The paper was produced with input from Helistrat's supporting partners Vegware, a global specialist in plant-based compostable food service packaging and local campaign group, The Final Straw Solent.
The Final Straw Solent is supporting businesses and consumers in the Solent region on the South Coast to cut down their use of single-use plastics.