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In April we asked Members to join in and tell us their waste frustrations. Over 8,000 got involved, sharing their waste frustrations and their ideas to tackle them.
We have searched through the thousands of ideas that were shared with us and selected ten brilliant ones and asked Members to help us prioritise them. Thanks to your input we have now shortlisted the most popular waste-reduction ideas, voted for by Co-op Members
Top three voted for waste reducing ideas
Repurposing egg boxes
Alison Leuenberger, Co-op Member
Alison asked us to consider whether the humble, pulp-based egg box could be repurposed to provide trays for fruits, such as apples and tomatoes, replacing single-use plastic with recyclable/degradable materials.
Multiple Co-op Members
Many Co-op Members suggested that we should take a look at multipacks and see if we can reduce packaging here.
Packaging recycling banks
Andy Watson, Co-op Member
Andy’s ideas suggested we provide food packaging recycling banks in stores, or nearby, for Co-op Members and customers to bring back clean, recyclable packaging.
We also think that there are some gems in the other 7 ideas shortlisted, so we’ll be considering all when we look at practical elements for trial.
We’ve been genuinely impressed by the volume and quality of the ideas put forward by Co-op Members. Working with members to make a difference is a key part of our vision to reduce our impact.
Now we will be looking into the practicalities’ of how these ideas might work, with safety, shelf life and many more factors to consider. We are going to consult relevant teams and experts about how we can shape some of these ideas into practical solutions we can trial.
Keep an eye out from an update from us on how we’re progressing with the ideas towards the end of the year.
Head of Food Policy
Read more about reducing our impacts at our Co-op;
● We’re trialing a plastic bottle deposit and return scheme
● How we’re reducing plastic waste
● We’re helping farmers boost bee numbers