Co-operative puts olive oil in plastic bottles

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The Co-operative Group claims to have strengthened its environmental credentials by converting the packaging of its own-brand standard olive oil range from glass to plastic.

According to the retailer, it sells 1.6m bottles of olive oil per annum, and the move from glass to plastic (PET) will save 90% in packaging weight every year – 566 tonnes.

Iain Ferguson, environment manager at The Co-operative Food, said: “The Co-operative is committed to making changes that will help preserve the environment, and packaging reduction is a significant factor. The packaging reduction move for olive oil reflects The Co-operative’s Food Ethical Policy – launched in 2008 – which was based on the world’s largest consumer poll on ethics. Over 100,000 members and customers said action to safeguard the environment was one of their top priorities.”

Other recent packaging moves by The Co-operative include reducing the weight of the glass on its own-brand ale range, which saves around 130 tonnes of glass per year. The retailer has also done the same for its Czech beer range, saving a further 33 tonnes a year. Additionally, The Co-operative has made significant packaging savings by reducing the glass weight on many of its own-brand wines, saving 1,000 tonnes per year.