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Brakes makes good on its 2ZERO20 pledge

30 December 2020

Brakes, a UK-based foodservice supplier, has recently announced the completion of its pledge to remove all hard-to-recycle black plastic from its own brand range by the end of 2020. 

The company, which made a pledge in 2018 to turn its back on hard black plastics, has completed its promise having changed packaging on almost 500 lines and removed more than 1,000 tonnes of hard black  plastics from its supply chain.
Commenting on the news, Hugo Mahoney, CEO at Brakes, said: “There have been so many challenges over the past year for suppliers to the hospitality and catering markets, but nonetheless we have maintained a close focus on our corporate and social responsibility (CSR)commitments. It is a major achievement to have made good on our promise, especially given the circumstances. As a result of the fantastic effort from Brakes’ colleagues and our fantastic suppliers, more than 1,000 tonnes of hard black plastic is now easily recyclable and no longer being thrown away.
“We are passionate about delivering a better tomorrow through our CSR focus areas, and we are in a unique position to demonstrate leadership in our industry, working with our global supply chain to adopt high CSR standards. On non-recyclable plastics, we have carried the foodservice flag, making early commitments and showing the way.  While the company has been recognised with many awards over the past couple of years for our responsible and sustainable approach to food supply and distribution, we don’t intend to stop here. As a Sysco company, we’re committed to finding creative solutions to advance CSR in three areas, caring for people, sourcing products responsibly and protecting the planet.”
Brakes  will be launching a new packaging policy early in 2021 to further its progress, having already increased the visibility of recyclable materials by clearer on-pack labelling.

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