HKScan to replace black packaging in Sweden and Finland


HKScan will replace all non-recyclable black plastic packaging with other colours and possibly also with other materials by the end of 2019 in Sweden and in Finland.

Posted on Feb 02 ,08:45

HKScan to replace black packaging in Sweden and Finland

"The food industry can be more progressive and take ambitious steps towards responsible material usage throughout the value chain. The message in IPCC’s recent climate report was clear: there is no time to waste. All industries need to do more and work faster. We have speeded up our development to respond to this - replacing black plastic packaging with other colours and materials is a concrete step towards the right direction," Heli Arantola, EVP Categories & Concepts, says.

In Finland replacing black plastic packaging is already proceeding.

"We have transferred to using yellow plastic with Kariniemen® products. HK® brand starts to move away from black plastic packaging gradually. The role of black plastic decreased significantly already during 2018," Kati Rajala, EVP Market Area Finland, says.

Black plastic is not recyclable because the optical sorting system used for recycling cannot detect the black carbon pigment used to colour the plastic. According to Eurobarometer in 2017* 94 percent of the respondents found industry and retailers reducing plastic packaging to be the most important measure in reducing plastic waste and littering.

"The decision to move away from black plastic packaging in Sweden and in Finland is a strong promise to decrease our environmental impact and enabling the reuse of materials. We are developing a road map also for Denmark and the Baltics – we want to show the way in all our markets, Arantola continues."

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