TOGETHER WE WILL PREVENT OVER 65 MILLION PLASTIC BOTTLES FROM ENTERING THE OCEAN.

Together with our trusted partners, we will recover and recycle over 1 million kg* of plastic waste in the next 12 months. 

In addition, our actions will help improve the lives of those collecting discarded plastics by helping hundreds of families access life necessities such as education, healthcare and more.

 

*1 million kg of plastic waste is the equivalent to 65 million plastic bottles.


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This counter illustrates how many plastic bottles we have already prevented from flowing into the oceans with our partner the Plastic Bank. For every 50 cents we contribute to the Plastic Bank we recover and recycle another 1kg of plastic waste.

 

Working together to make a bigger impact
AN initiative by metro
in collaboration with THE plasticbank

OUR PARTNERS IN REDUCING PLASTIC WASTE

At METRO we have taken decisive steps to reduce plastic waste and now stock a wide range of products, with more sustainable packaging. We have also pledged to replace the packaging of Own Brand products with sustainable alternatives by 2025. Many of our trusted suppliers are also tackling the issue by switching their packaging to more sustainable alternatives or reducing the amount of plastic they use.
 
This helps you to easily make your business more sustainable as you can choose more eco-friendly products from your favourite brands, without having to change your working methods and without loosing quality.
Reduce plastic waste before you lose custom

YOUR CUSTOMERs care - so should your business

It’s a fact that 91% of the plastic that is produced is never recycled.** As a result, an estimated 8m tonnes of plastic leak into the ocean every year.*** If this current rate of pollution were to continue, by 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish.*** And as these plastics slowly degrade, they produce microplastics which are consumed by ocean life and therefore enter our food chain. This has led many consumers to re-examine their buying behaviour, with some already deciding to no longer buy from businesses that do not support sustainable practices.
** National Geographic, ‘Planet or Plastic?’, 2018.*** World Economic Forum ‚ ‘The New Plastics Economy - Rethinking the future of plastics’, 2016.

75% of consumers consider the environmental impact of product packaging when making purchasing decisions.**** 

This means businesses will have to adapt in order to keep their customer base. However, this switch to sustainable packaging can also help improve business.

**** PRO CARTON, ‘European Consumer Packaging Perceptions Study’, 2018

77% of consumers would pay more for packaging that has less impact on the environment.****

Lowering plastic waste also makes businesses more attractive to this growing group of eco-friendly customers – which could help increase revenue.

**** PRO CARTON, ‘European Consumer Packaging Perceptions Study’, 2018
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More tips to becoming sustainable

MAKE YOUR BUSINESS SUSTAINABLY SUCCESSFUL

One of the secrets to becoming a sustainable business is to remember the 4Rs – reuse, reduce, recycle, recover. Below you will find a few tips on how the 4Rs can help you reduce your plastic waste:

REUSE

Clean out and reuse plastic containers for storage, or refill existing containers. Choose items or materials that are durable and washable rather than disposable alternatives.

REDUCE

Avoid single-use plastics and choose items that are not over-packaged in plastic, such as METRO's wide range of products with sustainable packaging.

RECYCLE

Sort waste correctly so that plastics can be processed and reused. Use recycled plastics for packaging and disposables.

RECOVER

Choose items from METRO's sustainable range of products which are packaged in materials that can be reprocessed, recycled or composted.

Promote your switch to sustainability
DIGITAL TOOL KIT
WE CAN BRING IN A BIT OF DO YOUR BIT!
To help you promote to your customers that you have switched to more sustainable methods we have put together a digital tool kit which includes a range of pre-made digital assets. Click below to download yours.
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