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Environment

Another plastic wrap bites the dust

The Sun TV Mag is the latest title to make the switch from plastic wrapping to a sustainable alternative.

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The Sun TV Mag is the latest to switch to a sustainable alternative

With growing awareness over our current environmental situation, many magazine brands have made the switch from plastic wrapping to sustainable alternatives.

A compostable wrapping called Bioplast 300, which is derived from potato starch, has proven to be a popular choice for publishers looking to change its plastic use.

Possibly leading the movement, the National Geographic magazine removed the plastic wrapping on its title in May 2018, and The National Trust magazine sent out Bioplast 300-wrapped magazines in the summer of 2018.

The Times and The Sunday Times committed to removing all of its single-use plastic outer packaging in June this year, and BBC Gardner’s World pledged to swap its plastic wrapping for paper in September.

In response to growing demand from readers for environmental solutions, more titles are beginning to follow suit.

This latest plastics move means News UK is now well on the way to removing 800 tonnes of plastic from the supply chain by 2020

The Sun TV Mag has announced this month that it will remove its inner plastic ‘polybagging’ from all of its UK and Irish editions in a move it predicts will remove 350 tonnes of single-use plastic each year.

The Sun on Sunday is also removing its plastic wrapping and by the end of December plans to replace this with compostable film.

In a move which will complete News UK’s plastics pledge to remove all its single-use plastic wrapping by 2020, The Saturday, and Sunday Times inner magazine polybagging will also be replaced with paper-banding in the new year.

Neil Spencer, News UK retail director comments: “This latest plastics move means News UK is now well on the way to removing 800 tonnes of plastic from the supply chain by 2020.

“We know readers and retailers have responded very positively to these changes on The Times and The Sunday Times and we are glad that The Sun is now also able to phase out its plastic polybagging.”

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