Friday, 25 May 2018

Food packaging giant Tetra Pak says plastic straws are vital

Food packaging giant Tetra Pak has said plastic straws serve a "vital" function in cartons and should not be banned.

Plastic straws can be recycled together with used cartons if they are pushed back into the box, the company said.

Tetra Pak is developing a paper straw but it said it would still "be some time" before it was widely available.

Its statement comes amid growing concern about the effects of plastic pollution, in part helped by programmes such as the BBC's Blue Planet II.

Last month Tetra Pak said its paper straw would be ready before the end of the year.
"In the meantime, therefore, we will continue to make the case that straws attached to our packages serve a vital functional purpose, and that bans are not the best way to tackle this issue, given the consequences of doing so," Charles Brand, Tetra Pak's executive vice president for product management and commercial operations, told the BBC.

BBC      News.

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