Co-operative with us for a Plastic Free July…

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution; so we can have cleaner streets, oceans and beautiful communities.

Will you be part of ‘Plastic Free July’ by doing your bit and choosing to refuse single use plastics?

Packaging has a place, it protects our food and keeps it fresher and safe for longer.

We want to keep plastics and packaging in the economy and out of the oceans by using less and making our products easy to recycle. Find out what we’re doing to make a difference.

Discover the latest changes we’ve made to our packaging that’s easy on the environment

  • Irresistible Paella

The plastic packaging has been replaced with a card tray and sleeve, making the base easy to recycle.

  • Irresistible Fish Pie

The plastic packaging has been replaced with a foil tray and card sleeve, making the base easy to recycle.

  • Irresistible Margherita Pizza

The polystyrene tray is now made of cardboard, making the base easy to recycle.

  • Irresistible Cottage Pie

The plastic packaging has been replaced with a foil tray and card sleeve, making the base easy to recycle.

How we've made a difference?

Milk bottle tops

Our milk bottle tops are a shade lighter, making it easier for recycle machines to sort them.

Meat packaging

Our cooked meat packaging is made with single material, making it easier to recycle and saving 163 tonnes of plastic from landfill.

Water Bottles

Our water bottles are made from 50% recycle materials, preventing 270 tonnes of refuse.

Pizza Trays

Our pizza trays are made from cardboard, saving 200 tonnes of non-recyclable polystyrene.

Tomato Trays

Our irresistible tomato packaging is cardboard, not plastic.

Mushroom Pots

Our mushrooms don’t come in black packaging anymore so they can be easily recycled.

Tissue Boxes

Our tissue boxes are fully made from FSC paper, without plastic so they can be recycled.

Co-op products are switching to 100% own-brand recyclable packaging, alongside the largest-ever UK-wide scheme to recycle plastic film.

Co-op products no longer feature black plastic packaging – which cannot be recycled, because it doesn’t reflect light and can’t be sorted by optical scanners – from all of its products. By this summer, the Co-op Group says it will phase out all non-recyclable plastics and replace them with those that can be reused or easily recycled.

This will include ready meal trays, crisp packets, sandwich cartons and film, it adds. The recycling will be done by kerbside collection or a closed-loop in-house scheme.

Every year, the Co-op Group makes more than 750 million pieces of plastic, which local councils do not collect for recycling. To get around this problem, the retailer is developing its own national collection programme – the largest of its kind in the country – for the material. After a spring store trial, the scheme will roll out nationally across the retailer’s store estate by the summer.

Less than a quarter of the 2.3 million tonnes of plastic placed on the UK market every year is recycled, resulting in 1.2 million tonnes of plastic packaging from consumer goods ending up in landfill. A key problem is the lack of knowledge about which packaging can be recycled, along with local authorities lacking the facilities to deal with it.

What you can do to help?

Ready to take the Plastic Free July challenge?

Visit https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/take-the-challenge/ to take the plastic free challenge for July.