Posted September 15, 2005,
article reprinted with permission from letsrecycle.com:
The Soil Association, the UK's main charity promoting organic
food and farming, is starting a year-long project to minimize packaging
waste from organic products.
As national "organic week" gets underway on Saturday,
the Soil Association has been provided with £186,000 in funding
from the Waste and Resources Action Programme to improve the sector's
Sales of organic food have increased from just £1 million
ten years ago to over £1 billion a year at present. It is
illegal to sell any product as organic if it hasn't been certified
by an organization such as the Soil Association, but to date the
organization's organic standards have only recommended good practice
in relation to packaging.
The new work will develop standards that require the environmental
impact of all packaging to be considered in qualifying products
Francis Blake, the Soil Association's standards and technical director,
said: "Packaging plays a vital role in marketing, and ensures
products reach the consumer in optimum condition. But at the end
of its useful life, packaging becomes waste and we need to reduce
this to the minimum."
Mr Blake added that organic consumers feel strongly about the issue
of packaging in terms of the environmental impact of their own buying
activities. "We are delighted that this funding will allow
us to at last look at packaging issues," he said.
Pilot projects on the reduction of packaging waste are being undertaken
by Soil Association licensees Duchy Originals, Green & Black's
and Sheepdove Organic Farm.
After a wide-ranging consultation process and final approval by
the Soil Association's council, the new standards will be introduced
alongside an accompanying guide.
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