UK’s biggest garden retailer, B&Q, has been highly commended at the National Waste Recycling Awards for its new polystyrene-free packaging for bedding plants.
In April, B&Q announced plans to replace all polystyrene trays, across its bedding plants range, with an innovative new concept. easyGrow™ with Teabag Technology™ is not only 100% recyclable but is also between 95% to 99% peat-free, removing peat from commercial plant production.
Crucially, the packaging is easier to recycle when compared to expanded polystyrene trays: easyGrow™ bedding plants come in a tray made from fully recyclable PET, which can be recycled through standard kerbside collections offered by local councils, with other PET products such as plastic bottles. The move has successfully removed an estimate 22,500 cubic metres of expanded polystyrene from circulation, enough to fill over 87,200 wheelie bins, which could have ended up as non-degradable waste in UK landfills.
Following its successful launch, easyGrow™ with Teabag Technology™ will now be available with B&Q’s Autumn 2014 bedding plants range, in store from the end of July.
The move has been supported by organisations such as Bioregional, an entrepreneurial charity which establishes sustainable businesses; Hayley Baines-Buffery from the charity commented: “It’s good that businesses are switching to packaging materials that are easier for householders to recycle.”
Matt Sexton, CSR Director, commented; “We are thrilled to have been Highly Commended at the National Waste Recycling Awards. The new initiative has been years in the making and we believe we’ve set a benchmark for the industry to follow. As the largest garden retailer in the country, selling around 140 million bedding plants a year, we’re keen to ensure our horticulture products have the lowest level of environmental impact possible. easyGrow™ with Teabag Technology™ has allowed us to move from a non-recyclable packaging form to a recyclable one, to make a substantial move away from the use of peat and to reduce our transport footprint associated with moving our plants around the country.