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Tulip Ltd signs Courtauld 3 agreement and commits to a move away from all PVC packaging

01 September 2014

Tulip Ltd, the UK's leading supplier of consumer food solutions to the retail and foodservice sectors, has become the latest food manufacturer to underline its commitment to tackling food waste by signing up to WRAP's Courtauld Commitment 3 and has announced its intention to stop the use of PVC in all of its packaging by spring 2015.

The Courtauld Commitment 3 is a voluntary agreement aimed at improving resource efficiency and reducing waste within the UK grocery sector. It supports the UK government's policy goal of a 'zero waste economy' as well as meeting climate change objectives to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

WRAP works in partnership with the country's leading retailers, manufacturers and suppliers to support their efforts to deliver a more sustainable use of resources throughout every element of the product lifecycle.

Andrew Wright, Tulip's Corporate Responsibility Manager, explains; "As a business we want to be leading from the front in this increasingly important area by working in partnership to address waste at all points along the supply chain. Partnering with WRAP gives us a great opportunity to help play a role in setting the standards for the UK's food manufacturing sector. 

"I am delighted that as part of our commitment to Courtauld 3 we are announcing our intention to complete a move away from the use of PVC in all of our packaging by spring 2015 and replace its use with PET materials. 

"There isn't the infrastructure in the UK for the effective recycling of PVC materials so it just goes to landfill which is incredibly damaging to the environment, whereas PET recycling facilities are now well established.

"The benefits gained by switching to the use of this material will have a long term positive effect on our environmental impact and further demonstrates our undertaking to doing everything we can to work towards achieving a sustainable future." 

Commenting on the agreement Dr. Richard Swannell, Director of Sustainable Food Systems, WRAP added; "We're delighted that Tulip has signed up to the Courtauld Commitment, Phase 3. This reiterates their commitment to embed resource efficiency in the manufacturing and supply of their goods while helping their consumer to reduce food waste. We look forward to working with them." 

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